news Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 05:30
  On July 30 2015, Yakub Memon, convicted of having a role in the deadly 1993 Bombay serial blasts will be executed by the Maharashtra government. Memon was sentenced to death by a special TADA Court in Mumbai on July 27, 2007, for his role in the blasts, including arranging finances for carrying out the 13 serial explosions which left 257 dead and over 700 injured across the city on March 12, 1993. On July 29 2015, the Supreme Court rejected a curative petition seeking a stay on his hanging. Memon is currently at the Nagpur Central Jail, where he is to be executed by the government. Anti-death-penalty activists have argued, yet again in the context of Yakub Memon's expected hanging, that death penalty is immoral, ineffective and fast losing public support across the world. One of the arguments in favor of death penalty, especially of high-value targets and terror convicts like Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab who was captured during the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, is the financial cost of keeping the convict alive and secure in jail. Here is what is taking the government to hang Yakub Memon who has been in captivity for 21 years. Around Rs 22 lakh will reportedly be spent for preparing the ‘Fasi Yard’ and internal security in the jail alone. Several battalions of paramilitary forces have been called in for maintaining security. Special Police forces including the Railway Protection Force (RPF), State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), Quick Response Team (QRT) has been called in to the city to collaborate with the city police of Nagpur. A group of prisoners, reportedly affiliated with Maoist groups, are protesting in jail against Yakub’s execution. The jail authorities have had to deploy special police forces inside the jail premises. A Quick Response Team (QRT), which is trained on the Lines of National Security Guard (NSG), has been deployed inside the Nagpur Central Jail to avoid any mishap. This team will guard the jail premises till the completion of the execution. State Reserve Police Force has been deployed outside the jail premises. Senior police officers are overseeing security arrangements Intelligence services have alerted the jail authorities about anti-social elements who might attempt to cause disruption. Nagpur Police Commissioner, SP Yadav and Additional Director General of Police (Jail), Meera Borwankar are taking personal charge of the security arrangement. The city police has also been additionally deployed to avoid trouble.Security has to be tightened in Nagpur city too. Anant Rokade, Superintendent of Police, GRP, told Sakal Times, “Nagpur Railway Station is one of the ‘sensitive’ railway stations in the country and has been equipped with security cameras and detectors." The BDDS (Bomb Detection and Disposal Solution) is keeping a close watch on abandoned luggage and instructing passengers from time to time. The report, originally published on July 28, has since been updated.

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