Nagpur: Death penalty by hanging is always gruesome. But, the hanging of Yakub Memon, 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict, was quite humane, observes Indresh Kumar, an adhikari of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS).
What he means to say is that all went peacefully even before and after the execution. The senior leader of RSS feels that all went well as per India’s cultural values and democracy, and the government ensured that ‘Memon family members were present in Nagpur to take the body and also allowed other people to participate in his funeral, which displayed the values and morals of Indianness.’
“All humane behaviour that is expected in a democracy was displayed hundred per cent by the government,” he said during a seminar held here on border management issues.
According to him, all norms of decency were followed by allowing his family access to Yakub Memon under government supervision and the judiciary’s verdict was sincerely abided by. What was apprehended was some turmoil after hanging, but the apprehension was belied. Even now, certain political elements are in a mood to politicize the hanging of a terrorist on communal ground, but their design would not succeed as the nation is a witness to all that had happened.
Indresh Kumar pointed out that such a gesture was absent when convict Afzal Guru was hanged last time. He praised the Maharashtra government to fully cooperate with the family of Memon in Nagpur, and provided all protection when his family stayed in Nagpur.
The senior functionary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said the entire incident displayed the true value and morals of Indianness. He also took on the media saying it was speculating if ‘riots’ would break out in the aftermath of the hanging on July 30. He said, media and journalists should do their job with full professionalism, nationalism and patriotism. If this is practised then it will add to the country’s strength, he said.
According to him, the media should undertake a self-review to check if it is serving the nation and humanity with its work. He said, those who forgot to pay tribute to former President APJ Abdul Kalam, whose funeral was held on the same day as Yakub, were ‘communalists.’