First mercy petition reaches President Ram Nath Kovind
New Delhi: The mercy petition of a convict involved in a gruesome murder in Bihar has reached President Ram Nath Kovind's table for consideration. This is the first mercy petition to be decided by the newly elected President. The ministry of Home affairs had sent the mercy petition to the President House in July. Former President Pranab Mukherjee could not take any decision on the petition because the process of election for the office of 14th President was going on. Before this mercy petition, the former President had disposed of all pending petitions before the commencement of the election of the office of President.
On a cold winter night of January of 2016, Jagat Rai and two others brutally murdered the family of a certain Vijendra Mahato. Mahato had to pay a heavy price for refusing to withdraw a police case against Jagat Rai, Wazir Rai and Ajay Rai, accusing them of stealing his buffalo.
Mahato has been apparently receiving threats from Jagat Rai regularly. He had informed the local police station about it seeking protection but the officer in charge refused to take any action. The Yadavs finally decided to eliminate the entire Mahato family. Mahato survived the brutal attack as he was sleeping outside to guard his buffaloes. But, while trying to save his children and wife, he also sustained serious burns. The assailants fled the village immediately afterwards.
The Supreme Court on 9 September 2013, confirmed the death penalty awarded to Ajay Rai and Wazir Rai and commuted the sentence to life imprisonment for the third accused.