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Yakub Memon

Yakub Memon, a certified and successful Chartered Accountant from Mumbai, was convicted of criminal conspiracy and financing the escape of the prime accused of the Bombay Blasts in 1993. He was the brother of one of the key conspirators behind the attack, Tiger Memon. Yakub was given the death sentence by the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA) court in July 2007. [1]Mint

Wiki/Biography

Yakub Abdul Razzaq Memon was born on Monday, 30 July 1962 (age 53 years; at the time of death) in Bombay. [2]The Quint He grew up in Byculla, Mumbai. [3]The Indian Express Yakub studied at the ‘Antonio D’Souza School’ in Byculla. [4]The Indian Express According to sources, he scored 70 per cent marks in the state secondary board examinations. [5]The Indian Express  He pursued a Bachelor of Commerce degree. [6]The Hindu Later, he completed his Master of Commerce degree at Burhani College in Mumbai. [7]The Indian Express In 1986, Yakub enrolled himself in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India as a student. [8]The Indian Express Four years later, in 1990, he became a professional Chartered Accountant. [9]The Indian Express

Physical Appearance

Hair Colour: Salt and Pepper

Eye Colour: Dark Brown

Yakub Memon

Family

Yakub Memon belonged to a Sunni Muslim family. [10]India Today The Memon family traces its roots to the Kutch region. [11]India Today

The Memon Family - A picture from the wedding of Yakub and Ayub

The Memon Family – A picture from the wedding of Yakub and Ayub

Parents & Siblings

Yakub’s father, Abdul Razzak Memon, was an avid cricketer who played in the Mumbai League. [12]The Economic Times Abdul Razzak was known as ‘Tiger’ – named after Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (deceased), [13]The Telegraph an Indian cricketer and a former captain of the Indian cricket team with whom Abdul Razzak had played various matches. [14]The Telegraph Reportedly, Razzak was arrested as he was also under the radar of the Indian government for the 1993 blasts case, but he was granted bail after a few years as he fell sick. [15]The Economic Times In 2001, at the age of 73, Yakub Memon’s father died. [16]The Economic Times Yakub’s mother, Hanifa Memon, is a homemaker. [17]The Economic Times Hanifa Memon was booked for supporting her accused son Tiger and his friends; [18]The Hindu Business Line however, she was released on permanent bail and was also absolved by the TADA court due to the lack of evidence against her. [19]The Hindu Business Line He had five brothers namely Arif aka Suleman, Ibrahim alias Mushtaq alias Tiger, Ayub, Anjum aka Essa, and Yusuf (deceased). [20]The Economic Times [21]India Today

Hanifa Memon - Tiger Memon's mother

Hanifa Memon – Yakub Memon’s mother

Abdul Razzak Memon (right) with Raheen Memon (Yakub's wife) waiting outside the TADA Court

Abdul Razzak Memon (right) with Raheen Memon (Yakub’s wife) waiting outside the TADA Court

Suleman Memon - Image captured when he was on his way to meet Yakub in Nagpur Central Jail

Suleman Memon – Image captured when he was on his way to meet Yakub in Nagpur Central Jail

From left - Tiger Memon, Essa Memon, Yusuf Memon, and Ayub Memon

From left – Tiger Memon, Essa Memon, Yusuf Memon, and Ayub Memon

Wife & Children

In 1992, Yakub got married to Raheen at the Islam Gymkhana. [22]Scroll.in They were blessed with a daughter, Zubeida Memon. [23]Times Now

Raheen Memon - Yakub Memon's wife

Raheen Memon – Yakub Memon’s wife

Zubeida Memon - Yakub's Daughter

Zubeida Memon – Yakub’s Daughter

Religion

Yakub Memon followed Islam. [24]India Today

Signature

Yaqub Memon's signature

Career

Chartered Accountant 

Mehta and Memon Associates

After becoming a certified Chartered Accountant, he set up his accountancy firm named the ‘Mehta and Memon Associates’ in collaboration with one of his childhood friends, Chetan Mehta. [25]The Hindu According to some media sources, they parted ways after almost a year. [26]The Hindu

AR & Sons

According to some media outlets, after parting ways with Chetan, Yakub established an independent firm named ‘AR & Sons’ in memory of his father. [27]The Hindu As per some reports, Yakub was awarded the ‘Best Chartered Accountant Award’ by the Memon community in Mumbai for the success of his firm. [28]The Hindu

Tejrath International

While ‘AR & Sons’ was functioning, Yakub ttried his hand at the exports and decided to set up a company named ‘Tejrath International,’ which dealt with the export of meat and meat products to the Gulf and the Middle East. [29]The Hindu As claimed by the media outlets, his business flourished and brought him economic prosperity as a result of which he invested in almost six flats in the Al-Hussaini Building, close to the Mahim Dargah, Mumbai. [30]The Hindu

The AI Hussain building in Mumbai

The AI Hussain building in Mumbai

1993 Bombay Blasts

Cropped up in the Conspiracy

Yakub Memon purportedly handled the funds of his brother and one of the prime accused of the attack Tiger Memon. [31]The Quint He allegedly sent 15 youths to Pakistan and funded their training in handling and operating arms and ammunition. [32]The Quint

12 March 1993: The Destructive Series of Bomb Blasts in Bombay

On 12 March 1993, Mumbai was shaken by a series of almost 12 bomb blasts in the city at different locations – the Bombay Stock Exchange, Katha Bazaar, Sena Bhawan, Century Bazaar, Fisherman’s Colony in Mahim Causeway, Air India Building, Zaveri Bazaar, Sea Rock Hotel, Plaza Cinema, Juhu Centaur Hotel, AirPort Bay – 54, Worli, and the Post Office. [33]News 18 Reportedly, the blasts continued for nearly two hours. The sources claimed that the blasts were planned by using briefcases, scooters, and cars, which had bombs, and these bombs activated one after another at regular intervals of around ten to fifteen minutes [34]News 18 and were planted in public places, which killed over 250 people, while around 700 people were injured. [35]News 18

An image from the blast in North Worli, Mumbai

An image from the blast in North Worli, Mumbai

Picture from 1993 Bombay Bomb Blast - rescue of casualities

Picture from 1993 Bombay Bomb Blast – the rescue of casualties

The Arrest and Charges 

According to sources, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) claimed that Yakub was arrested at the New Delhi railway station on 5 August 1994; however, as per some reports, Yakub contradicted the claim of the CBI and mentioned that he capitulated after getting in touch with the Indian intelligence agencies in Nepal on 24 July 1994. [36]The Indian Express Reportedly, on 27 July 2007 [37]The Indian Express, Yakub Memon was charged under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) and Section 120B of the Indian Penal Code. [38]The Quint As per the reports of media outlets, he was charged with a death sentence for his involvement in the criminal conspiracy, a life sentence for aiding and abetting in a terrorist act, rigorous imprisonment for 14 years, and 10 years for illegal possession and supply of arms and ammunition and planting explosives with intent to endanger lives respectively.

Yakub Memon when he was taken back to jail in a police vehicle after he was allowed to visit his Mahim residence in Mumbai - picture captured on 16 September 1993

Yakub Memon when he was taken back to jail in a police vehicle after he was allowed to visit his Mahim residence in Mumbai – picture captured on 16 September 1993

Reportedly, underworld don Dawood Ibrahim was interviewed by a news media outlet after Yakub’s arrest. [39]India Today In the interview, he expressed his happiness about the arrest of Yakub. [40]India Today He said,

I am happy that he has been caught. At least the investigations are on the right track.” [41]India Today

The Petitions Filed

Reportedly, on 21 March 2013, the Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence for Yakub Memon’s act in the conspiracy. [42]Deccan Chronicle As per the sources, Memon filed a review petition at the Supreme Court of India. [43]The Economic Times According to the media outlets, in opposition to the judgement at the High Court, he filed a mercy petition with former President Pranab Mukherjee; the petition was rejected by the President of India in 2014. [44]The Indian Express As per some sources, the review petition was rejected by the Supreme Court on 9 April 2015. [45]Deccan Chronicle As per the media reports, Yakub subsequently filed a curative petition, the last chance to get protection from the final decision of the court after the review petition is dismissed, after the date of execution was confirmed by a Mumbai court. [46]The Indian Express On 21 July 2015, the Supreme Court of India dismissed Yakub’s curative petition. [47]The Indian Express On 23 July 2015, Memon filed a petition, seeking a stay on his execution, which was scheduled for 30 July 2015. [48]Deccan Chronicle Reportedly, on 29 July 2015, the Supreme Court rejected the petition and upheld the execution on 30 July 2015. [49]Deccan Chronicle On the same day, Memon submitted a fresh mercy plea before the President, which was rejected. [50]Deccan Chronicle As per the reports, Memon, on the day of his execution, i.e., 30 July 2015, filed a petition, seeking a stay on the decision of the death sentence; however, the Supreme Court dismissed the petition in the early hours. [51]Deccan Chronicle

Death

The Execution

According to sources, Yakub Memon, on the day of execution, wanted to read the Quran and do Salah and talk to her daughter, Zubeida, as his last wish, which was accepted by the authorities. [52]The Times of India The media outlets claimed that he expressed his desire to see his daughter get happily married and apologised for not being able to do enough for his family. [53]The Times of India  He said,

I wanted to see you getting married and settling down happily, but now I won’t be able to see that moment. I am sorry. I haven’t done anything which will bring shame to our family. I was never involved in anything. Take care of your mother.” [54]The Times of India

Some sources also claimed that recalling the time when he lived with his family in Mahim, Yakub said that he wished Tiger Memon wasn’t his brother as Yakub got in trouble because of his brother only. [55]The Times of India He said,

Allah usey kabhi maaf nahi karega. Kaash woh mera bhai na hota.” [56]The Times of India

On 30 July 2015, Yakub was hanged in Nagpur Central Jail at 7:00 am. [57]The Times of India

The Funeral

Yakub Memon was laid in the grave at Bada Qabristan at Marine Lines, Mumbai. [58]The Times of India Some media outlets claimed that he was buried beside his father’s, Abdul Razzak’s, grave. [59]The Times of India Reportedly, around fifteen thousand people gathered for the funeral at Bada Qabristan. [60]The Times of India

The funeral of Yakub Memon (2015) - Yakub's body carried by people outside his residence in Mumbai

The funeral of Yakub Memon (2015) – Yakub’s body carried by people outside his residence in Mumbai

The “Decorated” Grave 

A controversy heated up after the execution of Yakub Memon as his grave was found to be decorated with LED lights and white marble to turn it into a “Mazaar,” a Muslim shrine. The marble stones were coloured green and even the lights were installed so that the grave could be seen in the dark. [61]DNA As the “decoration” took place while former Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray was in power, he was asked questions about letting it happen by citizens including political leaders of the country; however, the police officials had removed the lights from the place of the grave. [62]Scroll.in Reportedly, BJP MLA Kadam opposed the decoration and expressed his anger as no action was taken by Thackeray during his tenure. [63]Zee News MLA Kadam said,

The terrorist who kills thousands of innocent people of Mumbai at the behest of Pakistan, respect to such a terrorist… All this has happened under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray. Marble and LED lights were installed all around it. Security has been put in place. Why was Thackeray silent when the mazar was being built? What was the secret behind his silence? The misdeed of converting terrorist Yakub Memon’s grave into a mazar happened in front of Udhav Thackeray’s eyes. Is this Thackeray’s love for Mumbai? Yakub, a terrorist who killed thousands of people.” [64]Zee News

Yakub Memon's 'decorated' grave at Bara Qabristan in Mumbai

Yakub Memon’s ‘decorated’ grave at Bada Qabristan in Mumbai

Facts/Trivia

  • According to some media outlets, Yakub had a keen interest in cricket just like his all family members. Moreover, he was a captain of a local cricket team. [67]India Today Furthermore, Yakub was exceptionally good at badminton and squash. [68]The Telegraph
  • According to sources, in 2012, he pursued a Master of Arts degree in English (Hons.), and in 2014, he pursued a Master of Arts degree in Political Science at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
  • Yakub Memom pursued a second master’s degree in Political Science during his imprisonment in the Central Prison at Nagpur, but he could not receive the degree as he was hanged earlier. [69]The Hindu
  • Reportedly, an empty ambulance was sent to ‘Deekshabhumi’ in Nagpur to distract the media, and later, around 9:40 am, an ambulance carrying Yakub’s body, escorted by two police vans, left for the Nagpur airport to perform final rites in Mumbai. [72]The Hindu
  • Actor Sanjay Dutt was also charged by the TADA court in 2016 for the illegal possession of arms given by Anees Ibrahim Kaskar, brother of the main conspirator, Dawood. [73]Mint
  • According to reports, the Memon family was brought to India through a secret mission under the observation of the then Prime PV Narasimha Rao in 1994 from Sharjah, UAE. [74]Hindustan Times Reportedly, the Memon family fled to Dubai after the incident of bomb blasts in Mumbai in 1993. [75]Hindustan Times Some of the family members were found to be convicts of the attack, and that’s why they were planned to bring back into the country. [76]Hindustan Times
  • According to sources, the evidence that Yakub had collected against Tiger included twelve Pakistani passports of the Memon family in which father Abdul Razzak was named Ahmed Mohammad Jamal (Pakistani passport no AA 763649), mother Hanifa as Zainab Ahmed (PP no AA 763645), Tiger Memon was Ahmed Jamaal (PP no 762402), Yakub as Yusuf Ahmed (PP no AA 763242), Raheen (Yakub’s wife) as Zeba Yusuf Ahmed (PP no 763646), and Suleman Memon was Aftaab Ahmed (PP no AA 763651). [77]Mumbai Mirror
  • It is claimed that after the execution of Yakub Memon, Tiger talked to her mother over a phone call and assured her of payback for the loss of his brother. [78]The Economic Times He said,

    Main unko chukwaonga (I will make them pay).” [79]The Economic Times

    His mother, Hanifa Memon, asked him to stop the violence and expressed her grief for the loss of one of his sons, Yakub, and the worry for the other child (Tiger). Hanifa Memon said,

    Bas ho gaya. Pehle ke vajah se mera Yakub gaya ab aur nahi main dekh sakti. (Stop this, due to the first incident, I have lost Yakub. Now I can’t bear to see any more people dying).” [80]The Economic Times

  • ‘Black Friday,’ a 2004 film based on the true event of the serial bomb blasts in Bombay (now Mumbai), was the adaption of a book by journalist S. Hussain Zaidi – ‘Black Friday: The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts’ (2002).
    S. Hussain Zaidi's 'Black Friday - The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts'

    S. Hussain Zaidi’s ‘Black Friday – The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts’

    Pawan Malhotra in the movie 'Black Friday' as 'Tiger Memon'

    Actor Pawan Malhotra in the movie ‘Black Friday’ as ‘Tiger Memon’

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