Yakub Memon becomes third terror convict to be executed in India in 4 years


Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon was the third terror convict to have been sent to the gallows in the last four years.

Memon, who would have been 53 today, was executed just before 7 am today at Nagpur Central Jail.

Parliament attack convict Mohammed Afzal Guru was the last man to be hanged at at Tihar jail here on February 9, 2013.

Afzal was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004 after being onvicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament.

Five heavily-armed terrorists had stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire in an attack that killed nine people, on December 13, 2001.

Before Afzal Guru, Ajmal Kasab, the only Pakistani gunman involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks to have been captured alive, was hanged at the Yerwada central prison in Pune on November 21, 2012. The operation was completely shrouded in privacy.

On November 26, 2008, 10 Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists had reached Mumbai via a sea route and unleashed mayhem of many of the city’s landmarks, including Hotel Taj and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Around 166 people had been killed in the deadly terror attacks.

During the 60-hour siege, nine terrorists were killed while Kasab was captured alive.