Srinagar: Both factions of Hurriyat Conference and Dukhtaran-e-Millat on Thursday expressed anguish over the hanging of 1993 Mumbai blast convict, Yakub Memon.
Memon was hanged on Thursday morning at Nagpur Central Prison as the Supreme Court had rejected his last-minute petition to stop his hanging after an unprecedented middle-of-the-night hearing.
“By hanging Memon, the communal government of India has once again proved that there will be no mercy or sympathy with the Muslims in this country. Treating the Muslims in this manner is portrayed as service to the national cause,” a spokesman of Hurriyat (G) said in a statement.
He claimed that even though the intelligence officers interrogating Memon recommended that he should not be given capital punishment, he was still hanged.
“If Indian Judiciary is providing justice on the bases of equality, then the criminals involved in the bloodshed of Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Malegaon blasts and Gujarat-like incidents should also be hanged and the secular tag of this country should be protected by this way,” he added.
“Once again it was proven that Indian government is anti-Muslim attitude,” he added
He said that India was fast turning into a Hindu Rashtra. “That is why people like Modi and Amit Shah have become heroes of Indians,” he added.
Hurriyat Conference (M) spokesman termed the hanging of Memon as against “all humanitarian norms and principals of fair play of justice.”
“Ignoring the real and actual facts about the case, a person against whom there was no strong evidence of having direct involvement in the supposed case has been put to gallows,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman further said that earlier Muhammad Afzal Guru and Muhammad Maqbool Bhat too were hanged in Tihar jail “while ignoring all the fundamental principles of Justice and fair play.”
“On the other hand, the death sentence has still not been carried out in the case of assailants of the late prime minister of India Rajiv Gandhi. After hanging Yakub Menon, it appears, that the persons belonging to a particular community are being selectively chosen for carrying out the death sentence,” he added.
“How does it serve the purpose of justice to put to death a person for the only reason of his belonging to a particular community when as per the government of India Memon had cooperated and helped in the investigation in the case,” he added.
Sympathizing with the Memon family in particular and the Indian Muslims in general, Dukhtaran-e-Millat president Syeda Asiya Andra the incident should serve as an “eye-opener for the Indian Muslim leaders who call India a secular and unbiased country.”
Memon’s biggest sin, in the opinion of GoI, was that he was a Muslim,” she added in a statement.
“Memon was sent to gallows in such haste as if he was the last criminal left in India,” she added.
Meanwhile, Police detained Independent MLA from north Kashmir’s Langate constituency, Engineer Rashid, after he took out a rally here to protest the hanging of Memon and against the prevalence of capital punishment.
Rashid, along with his associates, were taken into preventive custody after they took out the protest march near the Clock Tower at the commercial hub of Lal Chowk here, officials said.
They said Rashid and others were taken to Kothi Bagh Police Station.
Raising slogans against the prevalence of capital punishment and the hanging of Memon, Rashid said, “We want that capital punishment be abolished all over the world. This black, blind and deaf law be abolished.”
Criticising the Centre on Memon’s hanging, the MLA asked why the killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh were not hanged.
“I want to ask (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi as to why the killers of Rajiv Gandhi were not hanged? Or why there is no hanging for the killers of Beant Singh? We are not saying that they should be hanged. Kashmiris are against capital punishment. But you did not even handover the body of Afzal Guru (the Parliament attack convict who was hanged in 2013),” he said. With Inputs from PTI