A probe has been ordered after reports emerged that the grave of 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon was beautified.
Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde on Thursday night responded to the controversy over the beautification of the grave of 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon, who was hanged in 2015. Nearly two months after the state saw the formation of the Eknath Shinde-Devendra Fadnavis government, Maharashtra is yet again witnessing the NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress alliance pitted against the ruling combine.
The BJP has accused the former Maha Vikas Aghadi government of granting permission to build a memorial over the grave. As reports emerged of the beautification process being carried out on TV channels, a political standoff was sparked, followed by a high-level probe.
By Thursday night, chief minister Shinde too had reacted. “An inquiry has been ordered. The probe has also been started,” Shinde was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. “Strict action will be taken against the persons responsible,” he added.
This was after Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule made sharp comments against the former government. “The beautification of the grave happened during the previous Thackeray government. The chief minister and home minister regularly get briefings about the major happenings in the state,” he said during a briefing.