Memon: India executes plotter of 1993 Mumbai attacks

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Memon: India executes plotter of 1993 Mumbai attacks

India has executed the man convicted of financing the country’s deadliest terrorist attack.

It came after the Supreme Court threw out a final appeal for clemency by Yakub Memon.

There was tight security at this prison in the state of Maharashtra where the sentence was carried out.

Reaction from survivors

Survivors of the 1993 attacks have welcomed news of the execution: “We are happy that he has been hanged,” said one man,“because he was guilty. I think this is justice.” A feeling echoed by another, who said;“He took the lives of so many people that no one has any sympathy for him now.”

1993 – What happened and why

257 people died in March 1993 in a series of blasts in Mumbai, then known as Bombay.

They were allegedly to avenge the killing of Muslims in riots a few months earlier.

Ten other people were convicted but escaped the death penalty.

The two alleged masterminds remain in hiding.