Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother and one of the key accused in the Mumbai blasts case, Chhota Shakeel has reacted angrily to the execution of Yakub Memon, calling it a ‘legal murder’, saying the chartered accountant had been punished for his brother Tiger’s deeds.
“What message has the Indian government sent across? You have punished an innocent man for his brother’s act. The company condemns it. It’s a legal murder,” Shakeel said in an interview to TOI.
Shakeel also accused the Indian government of betraying promises it made to lure Yakub into coming to India.
“Dawood bhai would have been meted the same fate if he would have come at that time… it is clear now,” Shakeel said ruling out any possibility of the chief of D-company or other fugitives ever returning to India in exchange of promises of leniency.
Shakeel also spoke of consequences for Yakub’s hanging in a chilling voice.
“Woh (consequences) to hoga hi,’ he said.
Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon was the third terror convict to have been sent to the gallows in the last four years in India.
Memon, who would have been 54 on Thursday was executed just before 7 am on the same day at Nagpur Central Jail.
A huge drama had played out on the night of the hanging as a special session of the Supreme Court was called at 3 am to finalise the decision. Memon had moved SC once again after the President rejected his mercy plea.
Earlier, a group of 40 eminent personalities had signed a fresh mercy petition asking President Pranab Mukherjee to stay the execution of Memon.
As per the case of the prosecution, the 1993 Mumbai blasts were orchestrated by Tiger Memon and Dawood Ibrahim to seek revenge for the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Yakub, who is the brother of Tiger, was allegedly not the main accused in the conspiracy.
A huge controversy had also been created in the Yakub issue when Bollywood superstar Salman Khan appeared to have supported the terrorist through tweets asking for his brother Tiger to be implicated instead. Salman later retracted from his tweets and apologised for any potential misunderstanding while sticking to his stand.