22 years after the Mumbai bomb blasts, which was one of the deadliest attack killing 257 people, the masterminds of the plan Yakub Memon has now been issued a death sentence. 53-year-old Memon was found guilty in financing the 13 blasts that shook India’s financial capital. He has been in jail for over two decades.
Yakub Memon’s brother Ibrahim or Tiger Memon, and Dawood Ibrahim, the other masterminds of the attacks, have been on the run since 1993. A judge described the three as the “architects of the blasts” that took place at separate landmarks including the Bombay Stock Exchange, the offices of the national carrier Air India and the luxury Sea Rock hotel.
Memon’s appeals against his execution were rejected all the way to the Supreme Court and also by the President. His family members have been informed about the date and time of his execution, which is apparently on the day of his birthday, July 30th.
However, his his fresh mercy plea to the President, even if rejected might delay the death sentence – given that a minimum period of 14 days is stipulated between the receipt of communication (even if rejection) and the scheduled date of execution.