Yakub execution: Meeran Borwankar in Nagpur to ensure all remains well

  • Pradip Kumar Maitra, Hindustan Times, Nagpur
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2015 23:29 IST

Ahead of the scheduled hanging of 1993 bomb blasts case convict Yakub Memon on July 30, Meeran Borwankar, additional director general of police, prison, visited the Nagpur Central Jail on Saturday morning, to take a stock of the preparation.

The visit comes in the wake of the state advisory to governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on Friday, asking him to reject Memon’s mercy petition.

After chief minister Devendra Fadnavis signed the advisory, the state home ministry asked Borwankar to review the preparation for Memon’s hanging. She reached Nagpur on Friday night and met the jail officials on Saturday.

Borwankar also visited the spot on the jail premises, where Memon is likely to be hanged, and discussed the procedure with the hangman. She is likely to stay in Nagpur for a couple of days, to ensure the situation is under control. “The department is just following the orders issued by the Supreme Court and state home ministry. I don’t wish to comment on it,” Borwankar said.

Memon has also filed a mercy petition in the Supreme Court against the capital punishment granted to him, which will be heard on Monday. His earlier petition, filed through his brother Suleman, was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee.

Meanwhile, with the date of hanging coming closer, political circles have gone into an overdrive. According to sources, intelligence agencies and the anti-terrorism squad (ATS) are swooping down on the sensitive spots in Nagpur. The police are keeping a tab on anti-social elements, who may try to capitalise on this issue.

Security has been tightened across the city, particularly in the vicinity of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters in Mahal, which is under a threat from terrorists. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has already been extended Z+ security cover a few weeks ago.

In June 2006, three suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, who tried to enter the RSS office, were gunned down.

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