Tanya Roy: Yusuf Memon, a convict in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts and the younger brother of absconding gangster Tiger Memon, died at Nashik Road prison in Maharashtra’s Nashik district. Nasik police commissioner Vishwas Nangre-Patil confirmed Memon’s death.

Official reports stated that the 55 year old who was serving a life sentence for his role in 1993 Mumbai blasts, suffered a stroke around 9:45 am and died during treatment at the civil hospital in Nashik. He was lodged in the high security cell with his younger brother Essa in a neighbouring cell. Early reports suggest that Yusuf Memon had died due to a heart attack but the confirmation of the same was yet to be ascertained.

The body has been sent to Dhule medical college for autopsy following which it will be handed over to the family.

“Doctors are expected to conduct the postmortem early Saturday. The family is on their way to Dhule” , said Pramod Wagh, jail supritendent.

Yusuf Memon was convicted in the year 2007 by s special TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Prevention Act) court and was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was initially incarcerated in Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail and was shifted to Nasik jail in 2018.

The serial bomb blasts in Bombay, shook the financial capital to it’s core. 13 bombs exploded in various parts of the city within a span of 2 hours and 10 minutes. Between 1:30 pm and 3:40 pm on 12th March 1993, what unfolded was pure havoc and bloodbath. The serial bomb blasts lead to 257 deaths and 1400 people suffered severe injuries.

The terrorist act was structured plan of dreaded gangster Dawood Ibrahim and his associates including Tiger Memon, the mastermind of the blasts and his brother Yusuf Memon, who was accused of allowing his flat and garage at Al-Husseini building in Mumbai for terrorist activities.