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1993 Mumbai blasts: Yakub Memon to be Hanged on July 30

Mumbai,July 15:  Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon is likely to be hanged on July 30 if his petition for mercy is rejected by the Supreme Court. This will be the first execution related to the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, in which over 250 people were killed.

Sources said, an anti-terror court in Mumbai has issued a warrant for the execution of 53-year-old Memon, who was found guilty of conspiracy in 2007. He is currently in the Nagpur Central jail, which has facilities for hanging.

"Yakub could be hanged in the Nagpur jail or in Pune's Yerwada jail," said Nagpur Jail superintendent Yogesh Desai.

Memon's appeals against the death sentence were rejected all the way to the Supreme Court and also by the President. He has now moved a curative petition against the Supreme Court's order, which may be taken up before the date of hanging.

Adding to this, the date and time of execution has already been approved by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. His family members have also been informed, which is the procedure.

The sources say the date of execution can change if the court asks.

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