Mumbai: An Online petition urging the President of India, Chief Justice of India and Governor of Maharashtra to commute death sentence of 1993 Mumbai serial blast convict Yakub Memon received more than six hundred endorsements within hours it was live on change.org.
Asim Khan, who started the petition on change.org, said, "He (Yakub Memon) must face life imprisonment. But hanging him won't be justice!"
"Yakub Memon is sentenced to death for his alleged involvement in 1993 Mumbai serial Bomb blasts which was termed as a reaction to 1992 Mumbai communal riots.
"We strongly condemn both the dastardly acts and unfortunate incidences that has resulted in the murder of the humanity. We are of the strong opinion that such dastardly acts should not go unpunished", Khan wrote in his petition.
"At the same time we are concerned for justice and think that Yakub Memon has already spent around 22 years behind the bars for the role which has not even been clearly or convincingly established.
"Consideration should also be given to his good conduct during his jail term and that he can not be in anyway considered a future threat to the society to be awarded capital punishment", he wrote.
"Further", Khan wrote, "We also assume that Yakub Memon had surrendered himself and had returned to country with a confidence and belief in Indian judiciary and we may in some way be letting the faith on our justice down".
Abdullah Ansari, who signed the petition said, "I am signing because I feel the main culprits should be hanged and if Yakub was to be hanged this decision should have been taken earlier, not after 23 years in jail."
Sarah Georger while signing the petition said, "This is injustice being meted out against a man who believed in the law of this land. He was merely acting as an approver in this whole case.
"How can death penalty be given to a man who has languished for so many years behind bars based on a heinous crime committed by his brother and accomplices? This is no retribution but a gross violation of human rights."
The petition (online here) has so far been endorsed by more than six hundred people, and the number is growing with every minute.