Underworld Threatened To Beautify Yakub Memon’s Tomb Says It Trusts Official Tiger Memon

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Image Source: PHOTO FILE Seven years after terrorist Yakub Abdul Razzak Memon was hanged to death in 2015.

Yakub Memon Funeral Decor Kit: A person associated with the trust in a statement said the grave of terrorist Yakub Abdul Razzak Memon was decorated after an underworld threat.

It was after a threat from Tiger Memon that the tomb was decorated.

Mumbai Police is currently investigating the case of beautification of Yakub Memon’s grave (installation of tiling and lighting) in the cemetery (Bada Qabrastan). Police LT Marg of Mumbai Police is investigating this case and taking statements from trustees of Bada Cemetery Trust.

Seven years after terrorist Yakub Abdul Razzak Memon was hanged to death in 2015, a major political controversy erupted on Thursday over the “renovation” of his grave in Bada Qabrastan, south Mumbai.

Following an outcry and political debate between the Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiv Sena, Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered an investigation into the matter.

Memon, 53, CA, was convicted and sentenced for his role in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai bombings, and hanged in Nagpur Central Jail on July 30 (2015) – his date of birth – after all his appeals pardon/leniency to the President were rejected.

The original earthen grave, where Memon was buried, recently got a makeover with a gleaming marble tomb rising high amid the spotlight — and apprehension — that the terrorist’s final resting place would soon become a ‘mazar’ (mausoluem).

Acting quickly, Mumbai police on Thursday withdrew lighting arrangements in Bada Qabrastan this morning as a serious political fight erupted between all major parties over allegedly allowing the overhaul there.

NCP Opposition Leader Ajit Pawar said there can be no glorification of any terrorist and embellishment of Memon’s tomb should not be allowed.

Blaming his pet peeve and ex-ally Shiv Sena, BJP spokesman Ram Kadam asked why ex-Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray remained silent when Memon’s tomb was being converted into a shrine .

“Thackeray was (then) CM and during his period the tomb was turned into a shrine. Is it their patriotism and love for Mumbai? Thackeray, Sharad Pawar and Rahul Gandhi should apologize to the people of Mumbai,” said demanded Kadam.

In response, Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande dismissed the BJP allegations and said that when Memon was hanged, the BJP government was in power in both the Center and the state – here Devendra Fadnavis was the CM and also Home Secretary.

“Why did he allow Memon’s body to be handed over to his family? What prevented the BJP Center and State government from formulating a policy on how to deal with the mortal remains of the convicted terrorists or other feared criminals,” Dr Kayande asked. .

Congress Chief Spokesman Atul Londhe said that during the UPA’s tenure, two feared terrorists were hanged but their bodies were secretly disposed of to prevent their graves becoming a rallying point for the ‘coming.

While Afzal Guru was executed in February 2013 in Delhi’s Tihar prison, Pakistani extremist Ajmal Kasab was hanged in Yerawada central prison in Pune.

“The BJP – which was then in power – deliberately gave Memon’s body to the family for an elaborate funeral. Their intention is to create a community divide. Even when al-Qaeda terrorist Osama bin Laden was killed by US forces, his body was dumped into the sea,” Londhe said.

Several other BJP leaders like Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Ashish Shelar and Kirit Somaiya and Sena leaders like Aditya Thackeray, Ambadas Danve, Arvind Sawant and Kishori Pednekar engaged in political struggle over the redesign of the tomb.

Thackeray and Pednekar flatly rejected the BJP accusations, saying they were “playful” and intended to denigrate Uddhav Thackeray’s image ahead of the upcoming municipal elections.

“The BMC never gave permission. Its role is over after land allocation. The Bada Qabrastan is owned by a trust. How does the Sena or Thackeray relate to any of this,” a furious Pednekar asked .

Further nudging the Sena, Shelar sarcastically stated that the “Penguin” Sena (a sarcastic reference to Yuva Sena led by Aditya Thackeray) should launch a “Save Memon Grave” campaign.

Stating that Fadnavis ordered an investigation, Forestry Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar criticized former Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA)’s alleged links to mafiosi Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and how former NCP minister Nawab Malik landed in jail.

Despite repeated attempts by IANS, Bada Qabrastan administrators were unavailable to comment on the matter.

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