In a bid to avoid communal tension over his hanging, the Nagpur Central Jail authorities are now preparing for death-row convict Yakub Memon’s funeral at the prison itself; his lawyer said they would contest this decision
Nagpur: If the Supreme Court rules for the execution of 1993 blasts convict Yakub Memon today and he is hanged on July 30 as planned, he may be buried at Nagpur Central Jail itself.
Yakub Memon is the only death-row convict in the 1993 blasts case. The SC will hear a last-ditch appeal from him today; Yakub’s wife Rahin (below) and daughter Zubeida will be allowed to attend the funeral, said a jail source. File Pic
While it had been reported earlier that the death-row convict’s body would be handed over to his family, the jail authorities are now preparing to lay him to rest at the prison premises instead, in order to avoid any law and order problems.
Sources said that since the hanging has been turned into a communal debate, this decision was taken to avoid further issues.
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“We are not handing over the body to the family, but Yakub’s wife Rahin and daughter Zubeida will be allowed to attend the funeral in jail,” said a jail source, adding that the final resting place had been identified in Goal Maidan, which is a farming ground within the prison compound. However, Yakub’s lawyer said they will contest this decision and apply for the handover of the body.
“We will take a move after the SC’s decision. But we will apply for the body’s handover,” said Yakub’s lawyer Anil Gedam.
On Saturday, Additional Director General (ADG) of Police (prisons) Meeran Borwankar (left) visited the prison to supervise preparations for the scheduled hanging of Yakub Memon on July 30.
The Home department of Maharashtra has sanctioned Rs 22 lakh for installing an overhead grille ceiling at the hanging yard in view of Memon’s likely execution.
While ADG Borwankar refused to comment, sources said she would stay on in Nagpur for a few days to ensure foolproof arrangements.
She was briefed by Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) Rajendra Dhamne and the Superintendent of Nagpur prison, Yogesh Desai, who had also overseen the execution of Ajmal Qasab, the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks convict, when he was posted at Yerawada central prison in Pune.