The appalling defence of a convicted terrorist

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The appalling defence of a convicted terrorist

Monday, 10 August 2015 | Joginder Singh

It is amazing to see how some people advocate for foreign terrorists and plead legal mercy for those who have shed the blood of Indians, and still enjoy the freedoms and privileges enshrined in the Constitution of India 

In India, there are a number of people who are push for lost causes. Some do not even know that what they are pleading for is not only anti-national, but also lacks common sense. After 22 years in the legal system, a lone terrorist — Yakub Memon — whose actions along with those of others, led to the death of 257 people and injured over 1,500 people, was executed by the Indian state.

However, some worthies muddied the waters by trying to stop his execution, that was ordered after the due process of law had been followed and every legal option exhausted. Some sections of the media even quoted social media websites in support of the terrorist.

Notably, though the Governor of Tripura went against the grain. After hundreds turned out to receive Yakub Memon’s body in Mumbai, he said, “Intelligence should keep a tab on all (except relatives and close friends) who assembled for Yakub Memon’s corpse burial. Many are potential terrorists.”

There is nothing wrong in what the Governor said. Anti-nationals had made a hero out of a terrorist. In fact, one could argue that those who tried hard to save this butcher of hundreds of innocents and made loud cries even against the Supreme Court verdict, should be kept under watch. Also, the intelligence agencies should keep a tab on media funds because the Press also make Yakub Memon a hero. It is so shameful to see this.

It has been rightly said that, “anybody siding with the enemy and waging a war against the nation will henceforth be culled mercilessly, as he has forfeited, his right to live, for taking the life of others. Humanitarianism is for humans and not for animals” — be it India, France, the US or anywhere else.

Those who dare disturb the peace, should face consequences from the police. If one is a civilised Indian, one can succeed and be respected like former President APJ Abdul Kalam. However, if one tries to be Yakub Memon, he will be hanged.

What a tragedy, internal security should be vigilant, specifically for those jaydraths — the 40 people who signed the petition should be closely watched. These are the people who worry about injustice to mass murderers, but do not care about those who are murdered.

There is a competition between the print media and visual media to sensationalise news, and only a few of them have reminded the people, about the past incidents of terrorism, including the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts. There have been 13 terror attacks in Maharashtra in the last two decade, which has left 501 people dead. But barring the trial in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, no other matter has made headway as far as investigation is concerned or even in the legal system.

Beginning from the Ghatkopar blast in December 2, 2002, where two people were killed and the triple blasts in July 13, 2011, as many as 501 people were killed and more than 2,200 people were injured, as per official data. The 1993 Mumbai blasts was a series of well coordinated blasts, which was one of the deadliest in free India’s history. However, only one of the accused was hanged, on July 30 this year. Mumbai has always been on terrorist’s and gangster’s pointmap.

Many Indian and Pakistani smugglers provided funds for these attacks and India has also alleged that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence played a major role in these attacks. It was believed that the training and recruitment of the terrorists happened in Pakistan.

On September 24, 2002, the Akshardham temple was attacked in Ahmedabad. Two terrorists — Murtuza Hafiz Yasin and Ashraf Ali Mohammed Farooq — who belonged to the lashkar-e-Tayyeba and Jaish-e-Mohammed entered Akshardham temple at around 3pm with automatic weapons and hand grenades. They started firing on men women and children and killed 31 people and injured 80. Both terrorists were gunned down by National Security Guard commandos by night. As many as 31 citizens died and 80 were injured in this attack.

On September 13, 2008, a series of three bomb blasts took place in capital of India. This serial blast was conducted by a Pakistan-based terrorist organisation. Some 63 people died and 210 people were injured. On July 11, 2006, the Bombay train blast, was a series of seven blasts that took place in a Mumbai local train. This was one of the biggest terrorist attack after 1993 blast in Mumbai. All the bombs were planted in first class coaches of local trains inside a pressure cooker. After a series of investigation, it was found that the Indian Mujahideen, a banned a terrorist organisation, was responsible for these attacks.This blast took a toll of 210 people and injured around 715 people.

On May 13, 2008, a blast in  Jaipur was a series of nine synchronised bomb blast that took place in a span of 15 minutes. A 10th bomb was also found and defused by the authorities. This was a shocking incident for India as Jaipur was never targeted by the terrorists. The casualties in this case was 63 and around 210 people were injured.

On October 30, 2008, the  target was Assam. This time, Guwahati, the capital of Assam was on target. As much as 18 bomb blasts at different locations shook the city which resulted in fatal causalities and civilian loss. Around 81 people died and 470 were injured.

On December 13, 2001, came an attack on the Indian Parliament. Five terrorists, belonging to the lashkar-e-Tayyeba and the Jaish-e-Mohammed group attacked the most secure building of India — Parliament. Though the fatalities were reduced, as all the terrorists were killed before they could reach main building, but even the fact that these terrorists succeeded in entering Parliament was in itself, a horrific truth. The terrorists used fake stickers of Parliament and the Home Ministry to breach security. As amany as six policemen and three staff members of Parliament died in this attack.

On February 14, 1998, an Islamist fundamentalist group  conducted a series of 12 bomb blasts at 11 different locations in Coimbatore. The main target of this attack was BJP leader lK Advani. Most of the blasts were planted at Hindu-dominating areas due to which the majority of the victims were Hindus. More than 200 people were injured and 60 died in this incident.


It is amazing how some people support foreign terrorists and still enjoy the benefit of the Constitution and have the freedom and plead the causes of the killers of Indians.

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