New Delhi: Yakub Memon, convicted in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, was hanged till death at the Nagpur Central Jail in Maharashtra on Thursday morning. Here are a few interesting facts:
- Yakub Memon, the lone 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict, was hanged to death today, on his 54th birthday.
- Yakub Memon was the first -- and only convict out of 100 in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case -- whose hanging was upheld by the Supreme Court.
- Yakub Memon became the third terror convict to have been sent to the gallows in the last four years.
- Yakub Memon was hanged 22 years after 13 coordinated blasts shook Mumbai.
- The Maharashtra government had approved a Rs 22 lakh project to repair the hanging shed at the Nagpur Central Jail before the execution of Memon. Some reports say it is the costliest execution case in India.
- 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon was hanged, almost two hours after an unprecedented hearing held at the Supreme Court at 3:18 am. Such a hearing took place for the first time in the Indian judicial history.
- Yakub Memon is the first convict to be hanged at Nagpur central Jail in the last 31 years. The last execution in Nagpur Central Jail was carried out in 1984 when Wankhede brothers from Amravati were hanged after being convicted in a murder case.