Bengaluru, July 16: With a section of people raising objections to execution of Yakub Memon the convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, the Intelligence Bureau has directed the police to be on high alert. The police in the state of Maharashtra in particular have been told to make all security arrangements with the government fixing July 30th as the date of execution.
However the Maharashtra government will wait until July 21st when the Supreme court hears the curative petition filed by Yakub Memon. A curative petition is the last form of appeal before a Supreme Court and statistics would reveal that only 1 out of 100 cases have been allowed.
The IB alert states that there is a chance of retaliation or certain groups causing communal tension the day Memon is executed. There is also a high alert on retaliatory strikes by members of the D Gang which had in the first place financed and planned the 1993 blasts along with the ISI.
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Sources in the Mumbai as well as the Maharasthra police say that all arrangements have been made. A list of trouble makers has been prepared and security has been stepped up in areas where there would be possible chances of tension, the officer further informed.
An IB official states that there would be certain groups who would try and cause some tension ahead of the execution. Several political groups are aiming at making this into an issue, despite all courts holding that Yakub Memon had taken part in a terrorist activity.
Execution a set back for D Gang:
The execution of Yakub Memon will send out a strong message to the D-gang. The empire run by Dawood Ibrahim has prospered in India all these years due to lack of political and police will. The execution of Memon will also give a certain amount of closure to the investigators who in fact carried out one of the most concrete probes into any terror strike that India has witnessed.
The 1993 blasts was one of the most horrific incidents of terrorism that the country has witnessed. IB officials say that while it is necessary that counter terrorism agencies wage a battle against terrorists, it is equally important that the law needs to be enforced. The decision that has been taken with regard to Yakub Memon will send a strong message to the world of terrorists that such acts will not be tolerated.