Memon execution: BJP says `Justice delayed but not denied`; Shiv Sena says `country runs according to law`

BJP, Shiv Sena symbols

New Delhi, July 30: The BJP on Thursday said that justice has been delayed but not denied to the victims of 1993 Mumbai terror attacks over the execution of Yakub Memon.

BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said: “The law has taken its course. Over 200 people were killed. There were Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs amongst those who were killed. Justice has been delayed but it has been given.”

“Memon has been hanged, but till the time the others who were involved in the attack are hanged, the victims of the attack will not get justice. The innocent should not suffer and the criminals should not be spared in the eyes of law,” he added.

BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh said: “I think there are three very clear messages which come from his hanging. It is a long awaited justice to the victims of 1993. It is also a strong slap for political leaders who tried to bring religion and terrorism together and were trying to protect a terrorist.”

The BJP leader further said: “It also shows how fair the Indian judiciary is as it allowed a terrorist like Yakub to exhaust all after which the final hanging has come.”

Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena said that people who were against 1993 Mumbai terror blast convict Yakub Memon’s execution should know that the country runs only according to the law.

Sena leader Sanjay Raut said: “The message is good, especially to Pakistan operated terrorists; the innocent people who were killed in the attack have got justice.”

“Some people were for his mercy petition. Such people, who think that the country is running according to their will, have learnt that the country only runs by the law. It is because of such people that terrorists like Kasab and Memon are able to launch such attacks,” Raut added.

Late last night, Memon’s second mercy plea before President Pranab Mukherjee was rejected.

In an unprecedented move, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court presided over a fresh hearing of the case throughout the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday before dismissing the final appeal for mercy by Yakub, the only person to be sentenced to death for the series of bombings in Mumbai.

The apex court had on Wednesday also dismissed the curative petition of Yakub, saying proper procedure was followed in disposing of Yakub’s curative petition.

Memon was convicted for being the “driving spirit” behind the blasts that killed at least 257 people at separate landmarks in the financial capital, including the Bombay Stock Exchange and two crowded markets.

(With Agency Inputs)

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