Yakub Memon hanged in Nagpur jail for 1993 Mumbai serial blasts

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Mumbai, July 30, 2015

Yakub Memon hanged to death in Nagpur Central Jail
Yakub Memon, who was awarded the death penalty in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, was hanged at the Nagpur Central Jail this morning, hours after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his second mercy petition and the Supreme Court then turned down yet another plea by him.
The execution took place around 6.30 am on his 53rd birthday, reports reaching here said.
Yakub, a chartered accountant by profession and younger brother of Tiger Memon, the prime accused in the case, was sentenced to death by a special TADA court in July 27 for the 13 explosions that ripped through the country's financial capital on March 12, 1993 and left 257 people dead and more than a thousand others injured.
The coodinated attacks were the most destructive series of bomb explosions in India and one of the first-of-its kind serial blasts across the world.
The Indian authorities believe the attacks were coordinated by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim through his associate Tiger Memon.
Yakub Memon was found guilty of criminal conspiracy, financing the purchase of vehicles used for transporting and planting the bombs and organising air travel for some of them.
Senior Maharashtra police and Nagpur jail officials were present in the jail when the hanging was carried out.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is expectd to make a statement on the execution in the state legislative assembly later in the day.
Earlier, on a day of hectic drama, the Supreme Court had rejected a petition by Yakub yesterday, dismissing his argument that the correct procedures had not been followed in his case.
The apex court held there was no  "legal fallacy" in the issuance of death warrant by the TADA court in Mumbai on April 30 scheduling Memon's execution for today.
Later, Mr Mukherjee rejected a last-minute mercy petition after consultations with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Following that, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, began hearing a last-minute plea for deferring the execution at 3.20 am today and held that Yakub had been given enough opportunities.
"It will be travesty of justice if the death warrant is stayed in a case of this nature," the court said in its verdict, delivered at 4.55am, after a 95-minute open court hearing.
Yakub's lawyers argued that the government was acting in haste in the matter and that the President had rejected his mercy petition in a hurried manner.
The Government had advised the President to reject the mercy petition.
Only four death row convicts have been executed in India in the last 18 years. The others were rapist Dhananjoy Chatterjee in Kolkata in 2004, 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks convict Kasab in 2012 and Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in 2013.

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