Yakub Memon hanged in Nagpur, buried in Mumbai

People carry the body of Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, outside his family residence during his funeral in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 30, 2015. Memon, 53, an Indian accountant and the only person sentenced to death for his role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people ó the country's worst terrorist attack ó was hanged Thursday on his birthday, after the president rejected a last-minute mercy plea amid a debate over the capital punishment. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

MUMBAI, Jul 30: Yaqoob Memon, who was hanged in Nagpur jail on Thursday, was laid to rest alongside his father’s tomb in Mumbai.
His body was handed over to his family members in Mumbai.
Memon, 1993 Mumbai blasts convict, was hanged at 6.35 am after the Supreme Court dismissed his curative petition and President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition on July 29.
Hours before his hanging, Memon offered namaz and read the holy Quran and was provided with a fresh set of clothes.
Nagpur’s Chief judicial magistrate M M Deshpande was present and she read out the operating part of the TADA court order which awarded capital punishment to Memon before he was made to stand on a stool and the lever pulled by the hangman.
A team of doctors declared him dead and a post-mortem was conducted by a team from a Nagpur hospital.
Ironically, Memon, who was a chartered accountant by profession, was hanged on his birthday. He turned 53 on Thursday.
He had reacted with an angry outburst saying “innocent people are being called terrorists” when a TADA court here had pronounced him guilty on September 12, 2006.
After hearing the verdict, he had said, “We do not want to engage lawyers to argue on quantum of sentence…13 years have passed and innocent people are being called terrorists.”
Blasts in Mumbai, then known as Bombay, in 1993 had killed 257 people and Memon was convicted as the “driving spirit” behind the serial blasts in India’s financial capital.


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