Yakub Memon's last wish was to meet his daughter Zubeida

Mumbai, Jul 30 (HT) : Yakub Memon’s last wish was to meet to his daughter after he was told he had exhausted all hope of stalling the execution but the 1993 Mumbai blasts convict had to be content with a telephone conversation, jail authorities said on Thursday.

Prison officials arranged for Yakub to talk to his daughter in Mumbai after an emotionally-charged meeting with his elder brother Suleiman, hours before he was scheduled to be hanged for plotting the dozen blasts that killed 257 people in Mumbai.

“He was very happy and cheerful after talking to his daughter,” a jail official told HT, a fact later reported by Suleiman.

A disturbed Yakub broke down in front of his brother and remembered all family members, including wife Raheen and daughter Zubeida. who met the convict last week at Nagpur jail.

When Suleiman met jail authorities on Wednesday evening, the rattled officials requested him to persuade Yakub to eat as the “restless” convict had refused food for the past two days.

“Trust and imposed faith on the almighty. We are fighting for you and all the avenues are yet not exhausted,” Suleiman reportedly assured Yakub and informed him about a last-minute petition filed before the apex court.

He was hanged at 7am on Thursday following a dramatic late-night hearing when a Supreme Court bench said any delay in the execution would be a “travesty of justice”.

Officials said Yakub was served rotis and chicken legs with curry in his cell around 9.30 pm. Yakub ate only one roti and two legs of chicken.

A cake was also sent to Yakub inside Nagpur central jail at night from the jail authorities for his 53rd birthday but it couldn’t be confirmed if he ate the cake.

Suleiman and Yakub’s cousin Usman also spent a restless night as they tirelessly followed the news at their hotel in the busy Sitabuldi area as the hanging went down to the wire.

Both brothers, who came to take the body, constantly kept in touch with their Delhi-based lawyers but lost hope around 5am on Thursday when TV channels started flashing the news of the petition’s dismissal.

The last-ditch attempt to stave off the execution was triggered after President Pranab Mukherjee’s rejected his mercy plea the top court upheld his death warrant on Wednesday.


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  • Eulalia Dsouza, Bijai/ Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 31 2015

    After almost a decade people who had lost family members have probably started restoring faith in our Judicial systems. Hanging Yakub is good decision to send a strong signal to all those erring Criminals in and around India, that you will pay for what you have done. Terrorism has no religion, so all terrorists should be punished immaterial to what religion they belong to. This will be justice ..!!

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  • Melwin , Kundapur

    Fri, Jul 31 2015

    When he planned that blast so many people killed, they also had wife, daughter, mother, brother etc not only this idiot Memon. Why special publication for this killer?

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  • Charan, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 31 2015

    RIP (Rust in piece) to Satan

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    All the terrorists who plant bombs to kill unknown people also must note that the victims (whom they Kill) have a family and also they have their own last wish which will never be fulfilled in such deaths....!!!!???? In this case the convict "Yakub Memon" wanted to see his daughter as his last wish.....Has he thought this that his victims also had such wishes and he and his team has not given such a opportunity to them...!!!???? Although I do not like see blood and death...I still feel that such people must not be given to fulfill their last wish also...!!!????

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  • Praveen, Kulshekar

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Dear Judiciary please don't delay non these type of cases, hang them ASAP.why mercy to be shown after so many long years of legal battle, when Yakub himself had no mercy on the innocents killed on that particular day in 1993

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  • YO YO, Bahrain

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Yakubs last wish fulfilled and now he is a closed chapter. . But this is a lesson for all anti INDIA nationals . Now government should take rigorous steps to execute whoever serves executions .

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  • Rakesh , Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Now why delay in hanging remaining 6 Delhi gang rape idi..s ?

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  • nagesh nayak, bangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2015






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  • Vasant Raj, Mangalore / Abudhabi

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Must have told his daughter to follow his path...also to complete the mission...

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  • Mahendra Shetty, Mumbai Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2015



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  • Gangaram, Moodabidri

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Atleast govt fulfilled his last wish!!! but what about that, he killed through bomb blast??? who will fulfill their last wish??? and when????

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  • Rohan, B

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    All through these debates and stories of his last moments alive, didn't here Yakub apologetic about his or his brothers deeds....I am sure India needs to be tougher on these Terrorists like Israel.... Justice to these blast/terror victims is in hunting down terrorists from their dens, whatsoever is the Cost born by the military

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Whatsoever the past bad deeds & acts, it is so difficult to face the last moments of life. I felt so emotional going through Yakub's last wish, last words and the final moments. We may look physically strong and tough but when we imagine such moments we are Zero emotionally.
    I wish & hope that The Almighty has forgiven him. R.I.P.

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    I was in Bombay at the time, and I very vividly recall the seen of the blast and shear horror and scale of destruction, and to be honest I was shaken and terrified.

    I was hoping that Yakub would have apologised to the families of ALL innocent victims of the blast who died or were maimed before he went to the gallows, but apparently he was as he was unrepentant as he wanted be in the bosom of the devil.

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  • Ramesh S, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    ..Sad..but we should know that 257 people never got a last chance to see loved one..never got a chance to finish,unfished job..never got a chance to see kids growing,parents aging..no media, no eminent people bothered about families..no blogs written..But Memon got plenty of years to prove innocence, to finish unfinsihed works, meet loved one..politicians spent sleepless nights requesting SC,writing bolgs to save him..But if they worked this much hard on safety/secuirty of common man then 257 people lives would have been saved..

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  • Rao, Udupi

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Very True. All feel sad when death sentence is given. But we should remember that kins and relatives, friends of the people who lost life in the bomb blast suffered lot more which cannot describe. People should understand punishment is always a deterrent for future crimes. We should always create awareness among our surroundings that crime is always not an option nor a solution for any issue/problem.

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  • sunill, bengaluru

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    today there is a report in mid day paper wrt one of the victim of 1993 bomb blast mrs sabiha usmani who lost her right eye and she was pregnant during this incident.she told that partial justice has been delivered by this verdict and she wants all 1993 blast conspirators to be punished.

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  • Roshan Braganza, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    The state killings by execution equals to Terrorism itself . Its very sad that India being the Gandhian country which stood for Truth and non violence has to mandate such terrible execution . Time has come to abolish Death penalty once and for all

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  • John Vegga, Bajpe ,John Kamath Compound,

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    I don't think anybody get justice in this world,some one or the other cheat people with fack name or I'd or stab from behind,, this is the nature,

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    He deserved a 250 cannon Gun Blast ...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    I mean shot with 250 cannons ...

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  • vellano1, Mumbai

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Proud of my country. He got full legal assistance and till last minute he was given hopes! and all fought for him! But destiny can not be changed. He should beg forgiveness from almighty for all his sins!.. Our Law and judiciary went through detailed hearing and acquitted most of his family members, and only him for death penalty. He was well educated man, and I am sure, he was most dangerous among the lot, if judges pronunced him guilty and awarded death sentence! ... 3 cheers to President Pranab Mukherjee, for rejecting the petition, seeing the merit of the case! let people link it to religon or cry victimhood, justice is partially done.. but unless Dawood and Tiger are btought to justice, this case wont end!

    Consider this with Sabrhjit singh and the way he was hanged in pakistani jail!... This is why this land is so good in my eyes! stop politicising! pray for his forgiveness in the eyes of allah and his victims, if you can... When it comes to people like Abdul KALAM, the whole country unites and weeps... few souls should understand this!

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  • Ahmed, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    We hope and Pray to Almighty to forgive his sins and enter him to Jannah(Paradise) for all the hardship he faced.

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  • Navin Shetty, Manipal/ Bahrain

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Sorry Ahmed, Mangalore - but your comment is confusing me, you asked Almighty Allah to "forgive his sins" and in the same line you said "for all the hardship he faced". Please let me tell you, if he made any Sin then obviously he get the hardship. So that's what he deserve and got.

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  • Ahmed, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Yes .Mr.Naveen, You are right but there is no confusion. He must have been involved in bombing in which innocents died.This is certainly a crime .But he got punishment for this in this world itself .Now we Pray to Almighty to forgive his Crimes and not to punish again in hereafter. The Hereafter is a certain reality where everyone including me and you need to stand in front of the Almighty .The true justice will then be provided.Only the mercy of Almighty can save us. We pray to show mercy on Yakub.

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  • Nin, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    I do not think even Almighty will have any mercy for this man. No one can even imagine the misery of various family members of the dead and maimed persons during the blasts. Yaqoob is proven to be the cause of all this suffering, and was the cause for creating hell like situation for thousands. I am sure he will be welcomed with open arms into the reserved place in hell as heaven would be too uncomfortable for a person of his talents.

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  • krish, dubai

    Fri, Jul 31 2015

    Dear Mr. Ahmed,
    Hang till death is capital punishment in earth, but for killing innocent 257 people he deserve more punishment, but unfortunately it is not possible in this world, hence his punishment should continue even in hell also.
    And I hope even his soul does not want to go to heaven as there is 257 innocent soul are waiting to punish him more.

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  • Robin Saldana, Mumbai

    Fri, Jul 31 2015

    He should have asked for forgiveness from 257 families who lost their family members and those who got injured.

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  • Well wisher, Udupi

    Fri, Jul 31 2015

    Mr. Ahmed
    If by killing someone can enter your heaven then I have no option but to go to hell, I think I will atleast meet good people there.LOL no heaven no hell its just cheating people to make money.

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  • Af,, Mangaluru

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    What he has got family? BUs#$%
    what type of man he is ,those who got killed had their loved ones,brother,father,sister and daughters.
    shame on those who are supporting him are the biggest killers.just think one min about the families those who have lost their loved ones.
    he shud be hanged thousand times .

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  • Sadi, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Dramatic Supreme court hearing at midnight, Mr. President reject mercy at midnight, Communal Maharashtra Govt. hurry on this issue, APJ Kalam's funeral kept same day, Yakoob Memon hanged on his 53rd Birthday and BJP law maker treat Kalam's photo as dead man last week..all these happenings something fishy.
    Why don't show same spirit on Saffron terrorist who are in Jail now???

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    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    He should have thought of this before setting the trigger in 1993. Now that he is hanged chapter should be closed and not communalise the issue. But the real culprits like tiger and Dawood is still at large. The Souls of Victims of Mumbai blast will only be laid to rest until these two are hanged in public view.

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  • jeetendra hegde, mumbai

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Feel sorry for these moments...still Almighty's wish we have to fulfill here..

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  • sid, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    each one who killed in Mumbai had daughters , sons , aging parents , kids etc etc at least he remembered this at the end .

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  • India First, India

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Killer too have sentiments for his family.... Good but if he had same sentiment for others then, he would have not been hanged today !!!

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  • masif, Jubail

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    ಭಾರತಕ್ಕೆ ಬೇಟಿ ನೀಡಿದ ಒಬಾಮಾ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದು ಸರಿಯಾಗಿಯೇ ಇದೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಎಲ್ಲವೂ ಧರ್ಮದಾರಿತ ವಾಗಿ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತದೆ

    22 ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಕಾಲ ಜೈಲಲ್ಲಿ ಕಳೆದೆ (ಜೀವಾವದಿ ವರ್ಷಗಿಂತಲೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ) ಆರೋಪಿಗೆ ಗಲ್ಲು ಶಿಕ್ಷೆ

    ಭಾರತದ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ರಾಜೀವ್ ಗಾಂಧಿ ಕೊಂದ ಆರೋಪಿಗೆ ಕ್ಷಮಾದಾನ ನೀಡಿದ ಕಾನೂನು

    96 ಮಂದಿಯ ಅತ್ಯಾಚಾರ ಮಾಡಿ ಕೊಂದ ಮಾಯಾ ಕೊಡ್ನಾನಿನ ಗಲ್ಲು ಶಿಕ್ಷೆಯನ್ನು ಜೀವವಾದಿ ಶಿಕ್ಷೆಗೆ ಪರಿವರ್ತಿಸಿದ ಕಾನೂನು

    malngav, Samjotha, Ajmir, Makka masjid ಆರೋಪಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಗಲ್ಲು ಶಿಕ್ಷೆ ವಿದಿಸದ ಕಾನೂನು
    ಗುಜರಾತ್ ಮುಂಬೈ ಕೋಮು ಗಲಭೆ ಆರೋಪಿಗೆ ಶಿಕ್ಷಿಸದ ಕಾನೂನು

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  • sid, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    very sad to see your message . For your information the number of mosques in india is higher than any muslim country. We have had muslims in the highest positions .Uniform civil code is not follwed in India. you cant compare cases , each one has its own limitations and accordingly the judgement . if you are so happy with obama why dont you try getting a visa and see how they treat you .

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    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    No issue, Yakub Memon responsible for killing innocent people, he was hanged ! Excellent, Why others are spared? You know I am talking about whom?

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  • MYB, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Minorities doesn't encountering threat from the nation or its law but from the people who rule the nation.

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  • sid, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    this is your nation and ruled by you , its a democracy . india gives opportunity to every one and religion does not exist as per our democracy . i am proud of my country and my culture. i love APJ and at the same time say hate yakub for what he did

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  • masif, Jubail

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    india is 7th largest country in the world

    2 nd place in the population (muslim population also 2nd in the world in india)

    this is not surprised mosques in india is higher than any muslim country.

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  • masif, Jubail

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    @ sid

    i am not favor to memons, Judiciary decision is a correct i am also agree that,
    terrorism should be stop & terrorist should be hang from all religion for Peace full Nation,

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  • KRPrabhu, B'luru

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Whether Yakub remembered 257 people who were killed by his bomb act?They were also mothers/fathers/ sons/daughters/of somebody.......no value for victims of his plot......
    I feel that Execution of hanging should have done quietly with media fanefare1

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  • Frank, dubai

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Sure your dream will come true with other terrorist one day who are roaming freely in open air (I feel that Executions of hanging should have done quietly with media fanefare1)

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  • KRPrabhu,

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    correction:without media fanfare...

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  • Faizal, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    Yakoob memon got hanged today for the crime which committed on 93 and Maya Kodnani who was the convict in the 2002 riots got bail from high court. You dont call it as a hypocrisy. Either case you should be a celebrity or a politician to run away from the severe punishment. Where did the uniform civil code go now.???

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri.

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    There is a proverb which states that when you pour water on your head, the water flows down wards !!
    I hope & pray that Yakub daughter does not in inherit, the criminal qualities which runs in her family
    She will be destined to bare witness & be branded as a terrorist daughter all through her life !!!!!!! A TRAGEDY INDEED !!!!

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  • Anti corrupt, Mangalore, Kuwait

    Thu, Jul 30 2015

    For all you know, she may be a bright student. Let us hope and pray that she leads a good life like you wished in your comment.

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