Mumbai: After all his legal options were exhausted following President Pranab Mukherjee's rejection of mercy plea, it's a given that 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memom will be hanged to death on Thursday morning.
Here's how Yakub will be sent to the gallows:
Yakub Memon, brother of one of the prime accused in the Mumbai blasts case Ibrahim Mushtaq 'Tiger' Memon, will be sent to the gallows at 6:30 am in Nagpur Central Jail.
The Nagpur Central Jail authorities have finished preparations for the final day and are expected to hang Yakub in an open space, which has been being covered as rainfall is expected on the same day.
Yakub's height and weight has already been recorded and three ropes have been finalised for his hanging. As the particular jail is short of hangman, three policemen were given training for the job and one of them will be short-listed to carry it out, as per reports.
The ropes are being soaked in 'desi ghee' and banana pulp is being applied on them so that the prisoner suffers less pain.
The entire process of execution is likely to be completed in three hours. The jail authorities will wake up Yakub at 3:30 am and provide him new clothes and ask him to take a bath. At 4:00 am the Mumbai blasts convict will be allowed to pray according to his religion, following which doctors will examine him.
At 4:30 am he will be given breakfast, which would include milk and banana. According to a report, dates from Saudi Arabia would be provided to him. Thereafter, he will be given a religious book of his choice and will be asked to take rest at 5:30 am.
Then the jail authorities along with the magistrate will take Yakub to the execution place which is just 25 steps away from his cell.
At 6:10 am the magistrate will read out the court's order and at 6:25 am a black cloth will be placed over his face.
At 6:30 am the magistrate will point the executioner to hang Yakub.
At 6:40 am the doctors will check Yakub's nerves and confirm his death, following which the authorities will inform the Home Ministry.
According to a Mail Today report, the jail authorities are preparing to bury Memon at the jail premises, instead of handing over the body to the family.
The decision has been taken to avoid any law and order crisis.
Yakub Memon was awarded the death sentence by a Special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court in Mumbai on July 27, 2007 for his role in the Mumbai blasts, including arranging finances for carrying out the 13 serial explosions which left 257 dead and over 700 injured across the city on March 12, 1993.
The sentence was later upheld by the Supreme Court in 2013. The SC had in 2013 said that Yakub was the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.
Yakub Memon was arrested on August 06, 1994 when he arrived at Delhi Airport from Kathmandu. He had claimed he felt remorse and wanted to surrender.
Yakub Abdul Razak Memon's will be the first execution in connection with the violence that rocked Mumbai in 1993.