Yakub Memon, the terrorist who was “a driving spirit” in the 1993 Bombay blast got convicted and hanged today at 5 am. We saw how many Adarsh Liberals were trying to defend him and suggesting that he shouldn’t be hanged.
Of all the people defending Yakub, worst were the ones who were defending him by arguing that A.P.J. Abdul Kalam opposed capital punishment and that pardoning him would have been a tribute to Dr. Kalam. For every Adarsh Liberal (read hypocrite) out there who thinks this way, here’s the thing.
Before Adarsh Liberals spin more, this is what Kalam had said on capital punishments. No blanket ban on all pic.twitter.com/W14Z3egxRw
— Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) July 27, 2015
He himself described his thoughts on capital punishment, in his book, ‘Turning Points’. He rejected Dhananjoy Chatterjee’s mercy petition. Yes, according to his book, he did find deciding on the issue of confirming capital punishment difficult, but in this case, where a 14-year-old school girl named Hetal Parekh was raped and murdered in 1990, he did reject the mercy petition.
Coming back to the people saying A.P.J. Abdul Kalam opposed capital punishment. Give it a thought. If a rape and murder convict could not get a mercy petition from him, do you think that someone like Yakub Memon, who was involved in 1993 Bombay bombings, a series of 13 bomb explosions, which resulted in over 350 fatalities and 1200 injuries would have been spared?
The question remains open for discussion.