Kumar comes from generations of hangmen but this will be his first execution.
His grandfather, who he fondly describes as his “guru”, hanged former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s assassins and two men over a notorious 1982 kidnap and murder.
Kumar complains that his stipend of 5,000 rupees (US$70) a month is hardly enough to support his family, forcing him to look to others, including the media, for “help”.
But he says the adoration he expects to bask in from India’s 1.3 billion people after the coming executions will go some way to compensate.
“People around me, including my family, have always treated me well, but after this execution, I’m certain respect for me will increase,” he said.
And he has no qualms about the job he does, which he expects his sons to continue, nor about the effectiveness of capital punishment.
“Crimes will decrease only when there are executions. You give them life imprisonment, they appeal and they come out only to commit more crimes,” he said.
“People like them should be executed so others can learn a lesson that doing such things will give them an end like this.”
PICTURES BY PRAKASH SINGH.