Maharshtra state government has decided to hand over Yakub Memon’s body to his family. His body has arrived Mumbai in IndiGo flight. Memon's body was taken out of Nagpur jail in an ambulance.
The funeral of the 1993 blasts death row convict Yakub Memon could take place at the Bada Qabristan at Marine Lines in south Mumbai. Meanwhile, the police have tightened security in Mumbai including Mumbai airport.
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The Quick Response Teams of police, formed after the 26/11 terrorist attacks, have also been deployed at a few places including the Al Hussaini building in Mahim area where the Memon family lives.
As a preventive measure police have also rounded up several miscreants especially those who have police record.
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According to reports, the body was handed to the family after Memon's relatives accepted certain conditions. The reports quoted sources as saying, Yakub's body was given to relatives only after they assured that the conditions laid down by the authorities would be followed.
“The family would not be allowed to take out procession and the funeral will have to be kept a low key affair. The last rites will have to be performed within the stipulated time...there should be no construction on the grave,” the reports said quoting a top official.
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Mumbai Police is ensuring that there are no reactions or communal trouble in the city. Meanwhile, Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has made an appeal to the citizens to maintain peace and said that everything will be done as per the law.
Earlier on Thursday, the body of Yakub Memon was taken for an autopsy. Memon was hanged at 6.35 a.m. and a medical team pronounced him dead a short while later.
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His body was sent for an autopsy by a team from a Nagpur hospital before being cleared for the last rites.
However, in case of the body will not be handed over to the family and the burial will take place inside the jail premises after the autopsy report is received.
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Memon was hanged on his 54th birthday after several of his court appeals and clemency petitions were rejected by various courts including the Bombay High Court, Supreme Court, Maharashtra governor and the president.
The last of the legal procedures continued till barely a couple of hours before the execution in the morning.