Yakub Memon to be hanged on July 30

Nagpur, July 15 (IANS) Yakub Memon, one of the prime accused in March 12, 1993 Mumbai serial bombs explosion, will be hanged on July 30 for his role in the terror blasts, official sources said on Wednesday.

The sources said he will be hanged in Nagpur Central Jail, where he is currently lodged, following the recent rejection of his mercy petition by the president, an official, who declined to be identified, said.


Memon, 53, was awarded the death sentence by a Special TADA Court in Mumbai in 2007 for his role of arranging for finances for the carrying out the 13 serial blasts which left 257 dead and over 700 injured across the city.

Subsequently, Memon – the brother of one of the main absconding accused Tiger Memon – appealed against the sentence in the Bombay High Court, Supreme Court and later filed a mercy petition with the president.


  1. Big mistake India is doing. Also nobody has right to take another humans life whether serial killer or murderer. The blood will be on those who do it.

    • Big mistake India is doing. – Mr. Fernando

      Hello Mr. Fernando! A third rate human being (if he can be called that) is nailed for killing innocent Indians and you want the Indian Govt to feed him Dukramas, Sannas & Fenny or Old Monk? Grow up boy!

    • “Also nobody has right to take another humans life” – True , but if it is breached ?
      Hope you know the rules in some Gulf countries who behead people even for drug related crimes.

  2. I oppose death sentence based on principle. In a way, I do agree with Fernandez. We have no right to take another life except in cases where you are defending your own life or loved ones.

  3. R. Pai,

    Don’t take this personally but if someone close to you gets murdered or raped will you be ok with the culprit hanging around when he has ruined the life of your dear ones? I think we all can talk from moral pedestal as long as bad things happen to somebody else. Unfortunately human beings are animals and should be treated as such under these circumstances so the next person won’t dare to commit similar act. There is no other effective deterrent. In that sense I fully back the punishment meted out under sharia or how some US states carry out death penalty. Fear of facing the consequences of breaking the law is what keeps the society civil. We can talk about the right to life, human rights etc. until the pigs fly but it does not guarantee safety from such criminals. We live in a real world so we have to be practical. Innocent life lost never comes back no matter what so there has to be accountability.

  4. Henry James (Bond),

    My views on capital punishment is a well-thought one. Of course, I do consider scenarios involving my family and myself. I don’t have different standards for different folks. Otherwise, what’s the difference between me and intellectually dishonest folks like Pincode Pai and Joker Praveena ?

    Here is the thing – you can’t take my opposition to capital punishment as my leniency towards criminals. By now, you should know how hawkish I am when it comes to confronting bad behavior. There is a big difference between every other punishment and capital punishment. Once it is given, there is no going back. As they are realizing here in US, many fall victim to overzealous prosecution and tampered evidence. Many are innocent folks who had nothing to do with the crime.

    As to your ‘fear’ factor argument – I agree that there has to be a fear of consequence. Many argue that solitary confinement (also known as ‘Box’) causes much more fear than a needle!! Even the most hardened criminals fear spending days in ‘box’!! Capital punishment creates more fear among non-criminals than criminals. Imagine you getting capital punishment based on a botched police job!!

    Finally, there is something wrong with society playing god. Death is something that is irreversible to those creatures with consciousness. I fundamentally oppose taking away someone’s right to live except under certain conditions mentioned in my previous post.

    • Otherwise, what’s the difference between me and intellectually dishonest folks like Pincode Pai and Joker Praveena ? – Rampa

      The DIFFERENCE is ONLY a JOKE called YOU. Daaang!

  5. R.Pai

    Not really sure you have made your point here legibly. Leaving aside the chaff in your post such as god, conciousness etc, you have to realise that;

    1. Blood is thicker than toddy. Nobody implied your leniency towards criminals but your “I don’t have different standards for different folks” does not quite cut it here. The trauma and the lifelong pain you face when your own child or a close relative dies under tragic circumstances(or raped) is way more intense than when it happens to someone unknown elsewhere. One’s personal standard/moral has got very little to do with it. My point was that only when it happens to one of your own, you see it past the the smokescreen of “morally superior idealism” that you seem to profess. I am not suggesting this stance of yours is wrong but it’s unacceptable when someone deliberately kills somebody else. When a person has taken away someone’s right to live then they have no right to defend their own. That way society also becomes more responsible. Just analyse why is the rate of murder or rape so low in the Middle East. That does not mean I endorse their other views on morality.

    2. You are diluting the conversation by bringing in the possibility of miscarriage of justice/tampered evidence. It can happen to even non-capital punishment based cases. Just because there is a possibility someone may be falsely sentenced does not mean we have to do away with capital punishment. Make the process more rigorous before convicting the accused.

    My support for capital punishment is not out of spite or anger towards the murderer but it is to send a strong message to the rest in the society, to make it more safer. Instil fear, hang a couple of them at the earliest, so you don’t have to worry about the rest.

  6. Henry James (Bond),

    I noticed that you are carefully avoiding my point on irreversible nature of death sentence. In fact, you tried to characterize it as ‘chaff’. See, you don’t sound very intelligent when you engage in such tactics.

    I didn’t understand your ‘morally superior idealism’!! May be, it is in your nature to have one set of standards for you/your family while preaching a different set of standards to others. I don’t do it. I guess you are confusing your family responsibilities/attachment with public policies.

    As expected, you have brought up Middle East and low crime rates. I’m sure the crime rates are even lower in North Korea!! There are many flaws in your argument. First of all, Middle East nations are exact opposite of free, open societies I want to live in. Women are not even allowed to go out and socialize with men. How can there be any rapes other than from their own family members? When people are given freedom to live and make choices, some do make wrong choices. This is the paradoxical reality we need to accept. You can’t have choices without freedom. When there are choices, people do make mistakes and face consequences. Middle East societies are designed to strangle any form of freedom and innovation. This is why nothing comes out of those societies except Oil and ignorance. On the other hand, some of the western societies have moved away from religious dogma and allowed citizens to enjoy tremendous amount of freedom and privacy.

    • See, you don’t sound very intelligent when you engage in such tactics. – Mr. Rampa to Mr. Mangal

      See ya Rampa, when YOU are the suppository…. I mean… repository of knowledge, it is quite obvious that there is NOBODY more intelligent than you.

      Middle East societies are designed to strangle any form of freedom and innovation. …. This is why nothing comes out of those societies except Oil and ignorance.- Know-all Rampa

      Just to cite an example – the UAE is a Middle Eastern country and is Islamic. EVEN a Rampa like you will know that Islam prohibits consumption of Liquor and Pork (Or, did I assume too much here – about your knowledge, I mean?). YET, it is sold freely to non-Muslims (except in the Emirate of Sharjah). There are NO chaddis who wield lathis and sport topis/Bajrangis/RSS chelas etc who run around stopping vehicles to see if anybody is “transporting” pork/alca-haalu.

      Do Companies with names such as Parsons, Schlumberger, BP, Shell, Halliburton, Chiyoda Corp, Oxy, Oceaneering Intl, Worley Parsons, Amec – Foster Wheeler, Dragon Oil, Luke Oil, L&T, China Rail, China Petroleum, Reliance etc sound like they are Yemeni companies to you? Are those companies in the UAE (& other parts of the Gulf too) to build-on their IGNORANCE & and arrogance? OR, to earn PLENTY of tax-free bucks – FREE from the usual hassles in their homelands? Do you have ANY clue as to how many Americans, Brits and God knows.. people from all-over flock to the Middle East for some very very easy money?

      And well…… there is more Western AND Russian extra-curricular company available in the UAE than you can EVER hope to meet on http://www.meetsinglerussians.com or even than in Russia! 🙂

      Don’t ask me how I know. (Hint: Please remember that Im a ‘Kori-chikkkkken’ farmer and I have to export stuff all over. Well, I don’t have the Ancient Indian Man’s pushpaka vimana to fly from place to place in less than an instant. So I have to take a proper flight. Hope you understand. :)).

      If you have any more doubts, please shoot.

      Jai Rampa Ki
      Jai Kori Chickkkken Ki

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