Nagpur | Hours after 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon was hanged to death at the Nagpur Central Jail, his body buried in Mumbai.
The body was handed over to his family soon after the formalities were completed at the jail and the burial took place at Marine Lines where his father was also buried.
Authorities had laid conditions that the burial should be low key and must be completed in a stipulated time.
Memon’s body was sent for an autopsy in the jail hospital by a medical team from a Nagpur government institution, shortly after his death before being cleared for the last rites.
After the execution, Memon’s brother Sulaiman submitted an application to the jail authorities, demanding body to be handed over to them to enable them to perform the last rites in Mumbai.
The request was immediately processed and conditional permission was granted before handing them the body.
The body was wrapped in ‘kafan’ (shroud) and placed in a tightly sealed coffin box. Mumbai Police has not allowed Yakub’s family to carry the body in a procession and has made arrangements to perform the burial at a cemetery in Marine Lines, where heavy police force has been deployed.
We have not permitted Yakub’s family to reach the cemetery in any procession taking into account law and order situation and only those very close to the family was present in his last rites, a senior police officer said. We have gathered personal details of the people who would be with Yakub’s family, he added.
Since Yakub’s father Abdul Razzak and some other family members were buried at the Marine Lines cemetery, Yakub’s family has wished to perform his last rites there, another police officer said. Alternative arrangements have also been made for burial at the Mahim cemetery, he said.
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