1993 Mumbai blasts convict, Yakub Memon, will most likely be hanged by the same public executioner who had executed Ajmal Kasab, 26/11 Mumbai terror attack convict. He will be hanged at 7:00 am on July 30 at Nagpur jail.
The hangman who executed Ajmal Kasab at Yerwada prison in Pune was paid Rs.
5,000 for the job, but his identity kept a secret.
The hangman was also kept in the dark on the identity of the death row convict till a few minutes before the execution which marked the culmination of the secret operation coded 'Operation X'.
Meanwhile, the preparations for Yakub's hanging are in full swing in the Nagpur jail.
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Maharashtra government has approved Rs 22 lakh to put up an overhead grill to cover the open space in the hanging yard cell of Nagpur jail where Yakub is scheduled to be hanged.
A government resolution issued on Friday said that home department had sanctioned Rs 22,99,719 to build "ceiling-like" iron grill over the open space in the hanging yard cell of the
"After the Supreme Court rejected Memon's curative petition, it was necessary to enhance the security at Nagpur Central Jail where Memon is lodged," the GR said.
Additional Director General (ADG) of Police (prisons) Meera Borwankar Saturday morning visited the Central Prison in Nagpur to supervise the ongoing preparations for the scheduled hanging of Yakub, the only death row convict in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
Borwankar arrived in Nagpur Friday night and was briefed by Deputy Inspector General (prisons) Rajendra Dhamne and the superintendent of Nagpur prison Yogesh Desai.
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Desai had overseen the execution of Ajmal Kasab, the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks convict, when he was posted at Yerwada prison in Pune.
Borwankar declined to talk to the media, saying the officials had been directed not to speak on the subject.
However, a police source said that the ADG was likely to camp here for a couple of days to ensure foolproof arrangements.
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After the Supreme Court dismissed his curative petition, Memon has submitted a mercy petition to Maharashtra Governor.
He has also moved the apex court afresh for a stay to the execution.
On Friday, the home department of Maharashtra government sanctioned Rs 22 lakh by issuing a government resolution to install an overhead grill-ceiling at the 'hanging yard' cell in Nagpur prison in view of Memon's likely execution.
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(With PTI Inputs)