1. Death to Yakub Memon will give solace to blasts victims: Kirit Somaiya

Death to Yakub Memon will give solace to blasts victims: Kirit Somaiya

Reacting to Supreme Court's decision to dismiss the curative petition of 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon, BJP MP Kirit Somaiya today said his execution will give solace to the victims.

By: | Updated: July 22, 2015 11:42 AM
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Tight police security outside Central Jail where 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon is lodged in Nagpur, Maharashtra on Monday. (PTI)

Reacting to Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the curative petition of 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon, BJP MP Kirit Somaiya today said his execution will give solace to the victims.

“Twenty-two years after the serial bomb blasts, we Mumbai citizens are going to get justice today. I am sure Yakub Memon will be hanged within a fortnight and that will give solace to the departed souls of the innocent victims and their destroyed families,” Somaiya, MP from Mumbai North-East, said.

He was here to attend a programme organised by ‘Blind People’s Association’, an NGO, for the distribution of electronic limbs to five handicapped persons.

However, when asked about extradition of Dawood Ibrahim, the mastermind of the blasts who is suspected to be in Pakistan, the BJP MP evaded the question.

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    Pavi
    Jul 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm
    Yakub should be hanged. He is a m-murderer.
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      Narendra M
      Jul 23, 2015 at 9:22 am
      (1) There are in our country many people who feel that Yakub Memon need not be hanged. This is a perfectly valid argument particularly because all the guilty in 1984 (Delhi) & 2002 (Gujarat) riots have yet not been punished. (2) As a matter of principle, I agree with you that death penalty should be done away with. But unfortunately we are not living in an ideal world. Some form of deterrence is required and the belief is that death penalty would do that. Of course, some may question this view favouring death penalty. But there is every reason to hope that at least some of those who have no criminal mind but who, in a fit of anger, kill others would be deterred from committing such a crime. (3) One more point is that we want justice to be given to families of victims even while accepting that award of death penalty to the guilty may not be the only way to convince such families of the victims that justice has been done. If the guilty is allowed to live then the question is ‘why should the society bear the cost of keeping the guilty alive for so many years’, defies a logical answer. (4) Incidentally, if death penalty is to be considered as a necessary evil, we must review our law of pardon by the President of India to avoid delay.
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