Controversy escalated over decoration on the grave of terrorist Yakub Memon, BJP targets Uddhav Thackeray; Mumbai Police will investigate

A controversy has erupted over the burial site of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon in Mumbai. The ruling BJP claimed that the tomb was decorated with decorations and efforts were on to make it a mazar. BJP has directly attacked Uddhav Thackeray for this. The BJP alleges that the grave was converted into a tomb when Uddhav Thackeray was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. On the other hand, the Mumbai Police swung into action on Thursday after the information about the matter came to light. The investigation has started by removing the LED lights installed around the grave of the terrorist. The investigation of this case will be handed over to a DCP level police officer. Let us tell you that in 2015, Yakub Memon was hanged in Nagpur Jail and the body was buried at Bada Cemetery in South Mumbai.

A detailed inquiry has been ordered into the beautification of Yakub Memon’s grave in Mumbai’s Bada Cemetery. According to sources in the DCM office, Mumbai Police has been directed to conduct a proper inquiry and submit a report in this regard. The DCM also holds the charge of the Home Department. An official said a DCP-level police officer would investigate how the LED lights and marble tiles came to “decorate” the terrorist’s grave.

BJP’s target on Uddhav

Some BJP leaders from Maharashtra claimed that the grave has been converted into a mazar. This is about the time when Uddhav Thackeray was the Chief Minister. On the other hand, Thackeray-led Shiv Sena has said in a counter attack that the whole issue is an attempt to divert people’s attention from more important issues like inflation and unemployment.

Uddhav should apologize: Bawankule

State BJP chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule said Thackeray should apologize to the people of Mumbai and Maharashtra for attempting to “beautify” the grave of the man responsible for killing 250 people. Another local BJP leader said NSP chief Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should also apologize over the issue.

Police removed the lights from the grave

Halogen lights were installed at Bada cemetery on the occasion of Bada Raat (Shab-e-Barat) and have been removed by the graveyard trustees, a police official said. The marble tiles around Memon’s tomb were installed three years ago. He said that there are 13 other graves also at this place.

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