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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Did not track case: Al Hussain residents

Mohamed Thaver, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 22, 2013
First Published: 01:55 IST(22/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:59 IST(22/3/2013)

At Al Hussain building (formerly known as Al Hussaini), the pink coloured six- storeyed building where the Memon family resided, the residents were surprised to find a group of media persons at their society gates around noon on Thursday.

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A resident, who along with others agreed to speak on condition of anonymity, said that he had left for work in the morning when his wife called up saying media persons had come to the building.

“I returned and made enquiries with the media. It was only then that I found about the death sentence of Yakub Memon being upheld by the Supreme Court,” the resident said. “Like me, none of the building residents had any knowledge about the judgment being due on Thursday. Why would we bother to keep track of the case?”

When asked if the Memon brothers, who resided in two flats on the sixth floor and two others on the fifth floor of the building, which have since then been sealed by the CBI, were ever discussed, the resident said: “Several members of the society meet up on most days at night. Not once in the last few years has the topic of the Memons ever come up.”

Most residents refused to comment on the SC judgment. “What happened was wrong. There is no justification for killing people. However, being hanged to death is a death of disgrace and no one should be killed that way, irrespective of who that person is,” a resident said. “Even he [Yakub] has a family that would be hoping to see him alive.”


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