Almost an hour before he was hanged in Nagpur Central Prison at 6.40 am on Thursday, 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon had asked prison superintendent Yogesh Desai whether he could meet his daughter Zubeida, who turned 21 on Friday.
Desai politely told him that it was not possible as she was not around. Zubeida was just five days old when CBI arrested Yakub and his wife Raheen near the old Delhi railway station on August 5, 1994.
However, she was the last family member to whom Yakub spoke to before he was hanged for hatching the conspiracy to carry out the blasts. He used Desai’s phone to talk to Zubeida on Wednesday evening for three minutes.
This is what transpired between them, Yakub reportedly broke down as soon as he heard his daughter's voice and even Zubeida could'nt hold back the tears. After regaining composure, he said "I wanted to see you getting married and settling down happily, but now I won't be there to see that moment. I am sorry. I haven't done anything which will bring shame to our family. I was never involved in anything. Take care of your mother." He also asked her to take admission for MBA and concentrate on studies.
According to a Mumbai Mirror report, Yakub Memon left a will which mentions his daughter Zubeida alone. He even met his brother Suleiman while being taken to his cell, however, they weren't allowed to meet each other. "Take care of my wife and daughter," Yakub screemed to Suleiman while leaving.
(With inputs from ENS)