Yakub Memon hanged for Mumbai Blasts that killed 257 innocent people
Nagpur: Yakub Memon was hanged at Nagpur’s Central Jail for the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts that killed 257 innocent people. Security had been strengthened in Mumbai.
Yakub's brother Tiger Memon, the main accused along with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, has been missing since 1993. Yakub Memon, a chartered accountant by profession financed 15 men who were sent to Pakistan to train in the art of handling arms and ammunition. Yakub financed his brother, Tiger, and underworld don and terrorist Dawood Ibrahim to plan and execute the dreaded blasts in Mumbai.
Earlier, President Pranab Mukherjee and Supreme Court rejected the clemency petition moved by Memon, following the advice of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Prominent citizens and leaders from four political parties were among around 200 people who on Sunday urged President Mukherjee to reconsider the mercy plea. Those who endorsed the petition included Bharatiya Janata Party's Shatrughan Sinha, Congress's Mani Shankar Aiyer, Communist Party of India-Marxist's Sitaram Yechury, Communist Party of India's D. Raja, actor Naseeruddin Shah, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, activist Tushar Gandhi, lawyer Vrinda Grover and economist Jean Dreze.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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