Yakub Memon not first terrorist to be hanged. These were executed before him
India on Thursday morning executed Yakub Memon, who was convicted for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.
Mumbai: India on Thursday morning executed Yakub Memon, who was convicted for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.
Executions are rare in India and Memon has become the third terror convict to be hanged till death in the last four years.
Memon was sent to the gallows on a day when he turned 53. He was executed at the Nagpur Central Jail.
In the last four years prior to Memon's execution, 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks convict Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab and Parliament attack convict Mohammed Afzal Guru were hanged till death.
Kasab, the sole Pakistani gunman involved in the 26/11 attacks to have been captured alive, was hanged to death at the Yerwada central prison in Pune on November 21, 2012, in an operation that was shrouded in secrecy.
10 Pakistani Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists had descended on Mumbai on November 26, 2008 and unleashed mayhem, targeting many of the city's landmarks, including Hotel Taj and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
166 people, including some foreigners, were killed in the most brazen terror assault. Nine of the perpetrators were killed during the 60-hour siege and Kasab was captured alive.
Afzal Guru, meanwhile, was hanged at 8 am at Tihar Jail in the national capital on February 9, 2013.
Afzal was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004.
On December 13, 2001, five heavily-armed terrorists had stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons.
According to recent research by the National Law University in New Delhi, since the year 2000 more than 1,600 people have been sentenced to death.
However, for nearly a decade, India had an unofficial moratorium on executions. That ended in November 2012 with the hanging of Kasab.
(With Agency inputs)