Honourable Chief Minister, Government of West Bengal
It was twelve years ago that the last judicial execution of our state took place, when Dhananjoy Chatterjee was hanged to death. It is well known that there were many who had questioned that hanging. Dhananjoy himself had claimed all along that he had been completely innocent. His wife, parents and near and dear ones had also claimed his innocence. Yet the government did not pay any heed to their appeal. It was the government that eventually executed Dhananjoy.The new book Adalat-Media-Samaj ebong Dhananjoyer Fansi, written by two professors of the Indian Statistical Institute and an engineer working in the social sector, has brought into fore several new questions in this regard. Many of us are suspecting that Dhananjoy had to die simply because he came from a poor family of a remote village.Given the situation, we earnestly request you to order a reinvestigation into the case of the murder allegedly committed by Dhananjoy, so that the truth can come out. If that investigation reveals that Dhananjoy had been innocent, let that fact be announced officially, to pave the way of posthumous exoneration. If that is indeed the case, let the real culprits of that murder be also brought to book.A summary of the facts can be found in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dhananjoy_Chatterjee. Details as well as case documents can be accessed from www.india-hanged-innocent.org. Looking forward to your kind consideration.
We have submitted the above petition to the chief minister on 1 September 2016
with over 500 signatures from change.org, over 100 signatures from
avaaz.org and more than 400 signatures on paper. A copy of the
acknowledgement from the Chief Minister's Office is uploaded here.
We will keep the campaign open for some more days so that
people have a chance to show soliderity. A list of signatures has
already been uploaded in www.india-hanged-innocent.org/ListofSignatories.xlsx. This list will be updated periodically.
We thank you for your support.
Posted: 23 August 2016 (Updated: 2 September 2016)