Mangaluru: “Hap..hap.Happy Birthday”; “Many happy returns of the Day: “We pray that you live up to 100 years”- these birthday quotes/wishes and much more are often heard or seen when someone celebrates his/her birthday. But in the case of Yakub Memon, who had spent 21 years behind bars, the sole death-row convict of 12 March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, none of these birthday wishes were conveyed to him or heard, instead he was hanged at 6.43am on July 30, 2015. He got what he deserved for killing nearly 260 people and injuring 700 more in that blast. “Death by hanging”- a perfect 53rd birthday gift for his act. May his soul …….??
It is learnt that a birthday cake was sent to Yakub Memon inside Nagpur Central Prison at midnight. Memon’s family handed over the cake to the jail superintendent. They spent the night hoping for positive news as the Supreme Court opened at 3 am for an unprecedented hearing on the convict’s petition to stop his hanging. Memon’s lawyers had argued that 14 days should be given after his mercy petition was rejected by the President last night. After a 90-minute hearing, the judges rejected the plea saying ample opportunity had been given to Memon after his first mercy petition was rejected last year. Soon after the court verdict, security was tightened outside the Nagpur jail where the hanging took place. Memon’s brother Suleiman and cousin Usman had stayed at a hotel in the city. Memon’s wife and daughter were at their home in Mahim in Mumbai; extra security has also been posted there.
Did you know that Maharashtra government has to spend nearly Rs 22 lakh on Yakub Memon’s hanging-Memon is the only convict whose death penalty was upheld by the apex court. According to an estimate, the Maharashtra government will end up spending about Rs 22 lakh in the whole process including, security arrangements. Few hours before the actual hanging, trials of the hanging had been conducted on a dummy as per the jail manual and the rope required for the noose has been sourced from outside.The primary responsibility of the execution lied with the Nagpur Jail Superintendent Yogesh Desai, who was posted at Yerwada Prison in Pune, when the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks convict Ajmal Kasab was hanged there in November 2012.
Memon, in a last ditch effort had moved a mercy petition to the Maharashtra Governor, but his mercy petition was rejected by the Governor, and so the execution of hanging went on a smooth scale today (30 July 2015). Memon had also moved the Supreme Court challenging the death warrant contending that all his permissible legal remedies have not been exhausted. But all his efforts were in vain. Memon was the only convict whose death penalty was upheld by the apex court.