Nagpur: The city police and jail authorities on Saturday went on a sort of alert mode in view of the first anniversary of execution of 1993 blasts convict Yakub Memon. Brother of Tiger Memon, the “mastermind” behind the blasts, Yakub was hanged in the Nagpur Central Prison on July 30, 2015, hardly two hours after a Supreme Court Bench rejected his last-ditch attempt to postpone his execution. The Indian judicial had also gone memorable as a special bench of the Apex Court had held a late night hearing on the petition of the terrorist and upheld his death sentence.
Yakum Abdul Razak Memon, a chartered accountant by profession, was found guilty in the March 12, 1993 blasts case and was awarded death sentence right from the lower courts to the Supreme Court. President of India had also rejected his mercy petition. 13 blasts ripped through the commercial and social hubs of Mumbai killing 260 and injuring over 700. The bombs were timed and placed to create maximum havoc and create a major rip in the communal fabric of the city and the nation.
Before Yakub Memon’s execution last year, the city had witnessed unprecedented security measures to thwart terror designs to trigger nasty acts aimed at disrupting peace and harmony. The entire city was sealed and movement at Nagpur Central Prison was restricted and monitored as well. After the execution, body of Yakub Memon was flown to Mumbai by a flight and he was buried at a Muslim Kabrastan.