Nagpur | Yakub Memon today became the first convict in 31 years to be hanged to death in Nagpur Central Jail and the fourth in the country in the last ten years.
Memon (53) convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, was executed shortly before 0700 hrs here at the end of a protracted legal battle.
The last convicts to be hanged in the Nagpur jail were Wankhede brothers from Amravati in 1984 after they were found guilty in a murder case.
On November 21 2012, Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist who have survived the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, was hanged in Pune?s Yerwada jail.
The most death sentences were awarded in 2007 (186), followed by 164 in 2005, according to the National Crime Records Bureau?s prison data.
In addition, 3,751 death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment during this period, according to the official data.
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