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Cop who hanged Yakub executed Kasab too

Last updated on: July 30, 2015 16:33 IST

The prison constable from Yerwada Jail was part of a 20-member team that oversaw hanging of the 1993 Mumbai blasts convict

Inmates prepare an enclosure for the media at Nagpur Central Jail where Yakub Memon was executed. Photograph: PTI

Yakub Memon, the lone 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict, was executed by the same prison constable from Yerwada Jail, who carried out the hanging of

Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, one of the perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai attacks, three years ago.

The hangman, whose identity has been kept under wraps because of security reasons, had arrived at the Nagpur Central Prison a week ago as part of a 20-member team of prison personnel from the Pune jail. He had pulled the lever to hang Kasab on November 21, 2012 at Yerwada.

Jail Superintendent of Yerwada, Yogesh Desai, who led the team during Kasab's hanging in Pune, was transferred to the Nagpur Central Prison a few months back, apparently to oversee Yakub's hanging.

According to jail officials, the constable executed the hanging with "clinical precision".

Also, another constable from Yerwada was brought to Nagpur a week ago and trained with two others to assist the hangman. The other members of the team were entrusted with the task of preparing the drop and the platform in the execution yard (fansi yard).

Nagpur and Yerwada are the two central prisons in Maharashtra equipped with the hanging facility. The previous execution at Nagpur jail was carried out in 1984, when two brothers from Amravati had been hanged for murder.

 

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