Yakub execution: Delhi Police have sleepless night
It is important to mention that this was the first time the Supreme Court was opened for the judges to hold a hearing at 3 <g data-gr-id="37">am</g>. It was the final plea against the execution of Yakub Memon for his role in the 1993 blasts case. After about 90 minutes, the judges rejected Memon’s appeal and he was hanged at Nagpur jail minutes before 7 am.
When the hearing was going on, few activists and a group of lawyers moved outside the home of Chief Justice of India H L <g data-gr-id="35">Duttu</g> to the residence of Supreme Court judge Deepak Misra at Tughlak Road. “When news about the sudden hearing of Memon <g data-gr-id="44">came,</g> since then security arrangements have been enhanced. As the night staff of Delhi Police are comparatively less, so the concerned officials of the district were alerted and instructed to increase the police force,” a senior police official said.
Following the rejection of Memon’s appeal, <g data-gr-id="40">large number</g> of Police Control Room vans were made to patrol the areas near the Supreme Court.
“After the execution of Memon, the social networking sites were flooded with individual opinions. <g data-gr-id="42"><g data-gr-id="41">Large</g> number</g> of people started opposing the execution while there were many who supported the judiciary. After Memon was hanged, there was a threat to all the three judges who heard the plea and rejected Memon’s appeal. Accordingly, the security for all the three judges have been increased as a precautionary measure,” the official said.
According to sources, intelligence agencies have received inputs regarding a heightened threat to Supreme Court judges. Security forces have been directed to provide full security cover to the judges at their residences and also while they are on <g data-gr-id="36">move</g>.
Since late Wednesday night, people who were opposing Memon’s execution gathered at India Gate and Jantar Mantar for a candle march. The security was tightened since Wednesday late evening and high security continued till Thursday night.