HYDERABAD: Human Rights Forum (HRF) has appealed to President Pranab Mukherjee to stay Yakub Memon’s execution which is set to be carried out on Thursday. Stating, that Yakub’s direct involvement in Mumbai serial blasts case was not proved, the HRF requested the President to reduce his death sentence into life imprisonment.
Yakub Memon is one of the accused in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case in which 257 people were killed. His brother Tiger Memon is the prime accused in this case.
HRM members S Jeevan Kumar and Krishna, in a press release, said, “There is always a scope of error in judgment. Capital punishment once carried out becomes irreversible.”
Further, the HRF argued, that the place of Yakub’s arrest itself was not clear. The police claimed that he was arrested at New Delhi railway station, while Yakub maintained that they nabbed him in Nepal. Citing the absence of any strong evidence to prove that he was directly involved in the case, the HRF sought cancellation of death sentence to Yakub.