Yakub Memon buried in Mumbai cemetery

Mumbai, July 30 (IANS) Hanged Mumbai bomb blasts convict Yakub Memon was on Thursday evening buried with full religious rites at a Muslim cemetery here.

The body was taken from Mahim to Bada Qabrastan near Marine Lines in south Mumbai. It was accompanied by his family members and a large posse of armed police personnel.

According to witnesses, huge crowds gathered near the cemetery, as the Quick Response Team of Mumbai police, and Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria personally supervised the arrangements.

Earlier, after arrival from Nagpur to the Mumbai airport, Memon’s body — wrapped in a white shroud (kafan) and covered under a black funeral cortege — was taken in an ambulance to Mahim and then to the terrace of the Bismillah Manzil building, near his home in Al Husseini building.

Family members and relatives gathered and offered namaz there before the funeral rites.

Soon after the body reached the Bada Qabrastan, a special ‘namaz-e-janaza’ (funeral prayer) was offered and later it was buried besides the graves of his parents and other family members.

A separate area was allocated to the huge media contingent to cover the funeral, although because of an earlier gag order, the media was barred from either photographing or videographing the ceremony.

Accordingly, there was no live telecast of the funeral procession or the last rites following the 13-hour gag order issued by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) Sanjay Barkund, which will end at Thursday midnight.

Certain TV channels even flashed a notice saying they would not telecast the funeral, as Memon was a traitor and they would not make him a ‘hero’ of any kind by publicizing it.

The police order restraining the media said reports were received of “every likelihood of breach of peace and disturbance of public tranquillity and also there is a grave danger to human life, health and safety and injury to public property on that account”.

The entire day, since the hanging in Nagpur and the funeral in Mumbai, passed off without any untoward incident reported from any part of Maharashtra.

The March 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts convict was executed at 6.35 a.m. on Thursday at the Nagpur Central Jail.

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