President rejects first mercy plea

President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected his first mercy petition of a death-row convict who had burned alive seven members of a family, including five children, over a case of buffalo theft.

The case pertains to gruesome killing of Vijendra Mahto and six of his family members by Jagat Rai in Raghopur block of Bihar’s Vaishali district in 2006.

Mahto had lodged a case of theft of his buffalo in September 2005 and Rai was one of the accused.

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