Yakub’s death penalty sends message ‘India is not soft on terror’: BJP

Mumbai, July 26 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shaina NC on Sunday said that the death penalty for 1993 Bombay blasts accused Yakub Memon would send a message to the terrorists’ world over that India is not soft on terror.

She said that the victims of the blast have been waiting since long for this trial.

“1993 blast victims have been waiting for so many years for this trial. There are the conspirators and there are the masterminds. We will get to the masterminds, but right now it’s imperative that this conspirator is hung to death. So, it sends a message to the terrorists world over that India is not soft on terror,” NC told ANI here.

Two senior bureaucrats of Maharashtra had yesterday met Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao to discuss the mercy petition moved by Yakub Memon, who is to be executed on July 30.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) K.P. Bakshi and Principal Secretary (Law and Judiciary) M.A. Sayeed had an hour-long meeting with the Governor in this regard.

Memon has been sentenced to death for his role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

The Supreme Court had earlier this week rejected his last-minute appeal and upheld his hanging for July 30.

Memon had challenged the apex court’s order arguing that legal procedure was overlooked in awarding him death penalty. He said that the special TADA (Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention)) court, which ordered him death warrant in 2007, did so before he could exhaust all his legal options.(ANI)

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