There are 64 prisoners, including two women, who have been sentenced to death at the Hindalga Central Jail. At least 40 of them have been on death row for more than 10 to 15 years. The convicts include four associates of the forest brigand Veerappan, namely Gnanaprakasham, Simon, Meesekara Madaiah and Bilavendra. The four were involved in the Palar blasts in 1993, in which 21 police personnel were killed.The two women prisoners are Laxmamma of the Dandupalya gang, and serial killer ‘Cyanide’ Mallika. In the latter’s case, the Karnataka High Court modified the sentence of a lower court and imposed a life sentence.

Sources in the jail told The Hindu here on Wednesday that the mercy petitions of all the four associates of Veerappan and a few others were pending before the President (since 2004) or the Governor of Karnataka, while many of the convicts have appealed to the High Court and the Supreme Court.

The last execution was of Hanumant Malla, who was convicted of five murders, in 1983.