Nagpur | The execution of Yakub Memon, the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict, at Nagpur Central Jail created mixed reactions among politicians from across the country.
BJP, Shiv Sena members welcomed the hanging.
Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh demanded that the other terror cases should be handled in the same way.
Yakub Memon hanged. Exemplary urgency and commitment has been shown by government, judiciary in punishing an accused of terror. Lets see, the credibility of the government and judiciary is at stake. I hope similar commitment of government and judiciary would be shown in all cases of terror irrespective of their caste, creed and religion, he said.
CPI’s D Raja demanded a blunt no to capital punishment.
The reactions were diverse from some supporting the Supreme Court, while some questioning the death sentence in entirety.
Mani Shankar Aiyer of Congress said, India is a democracy. We set very high standards when it comes to human rights. Why are we then not abolishing the death sentence What benefit are we getting from it.
The day when Yakubs death sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court, the same day a terrorist attack took place in Gurdaspur. So, there is no terrorist who will leave violence after seeing Yakubs hanging. There is no connection between these two things. Therefore, we should not do the same evil thing that the terrorists do.The victims have human rights. We say the terrorists should be caught and given punishment. But there is no justice if you hang one person and leave the other 10, he added.
On the other hand, former Union minister Shashi Tharoor said, State-sponsored killing diminishes us all, by reducing us to murderers too. Death penalty is wrong in principle and practice. Lots of studies have been conducted which confirm that death penalty has no deterrent effect, statistics also suggest that.
Senior leader D Raja, Communist Party of India said, Time has come for India; we should say an emphatic no to capital punishment.
Shahnawaz Hussain said, The law took its course. Justice was delayed but not denied.
Pakistan-operated terrorism has been sent a good message — that such acts of terrorism will not be tolerated, said Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena.
Anand Grover, counsel for Yakub Memon said, I am very disappointed and unhappy. SC has made a tragic mistake.
This will send a big message that India doesnt go soft on to terrorists. Yakub’s case should not be related to religion. This is justice for the people who have lost their lives in that blast, said M S Bitta, All India Anti-Terrorist Front chairman.
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