Memon’s hanging third in three years

New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon on Thursday became the third person to be hanged till death in India in the last three years, a report said.

According to a National Crime Record Bureau prison statistics report, 1,303 capital-punishment verdicts were given between 2004 and 2015.

But only three convicts were executed over this period, one each in West Bengal (2004), Maharashtra (2012) and Delhi (2013). India saw an execution-free period of seven years between 2004 and 2012.

Memon was hanged at the Nagpur Central Jail in Maharashtra early Thursday after being convicted in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, 25, the only terrorist to have survived the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, was hanged on November 21, 2012 in Pune’s Yerwada Jail.

Mohammad Afzal Guru, 44, was given the death sentence for his role in the December 2001 terrorist attack on parliament. He was secretly hanged at Tihar Jail in Delhi on February 9, 2013 and afterward buried inside jail grounds.