Barring a last-minute hitch, Yakub Memon is likely to be hanged by the neck until he dies at 4 am in Nagpur jail on July 30. Fewer than 10 officials, including the Jail Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent in charge, Medical Officer, and the hangman will be present. An Executive Magistrate deputed by the District Magistrate shall and countersign the warrant.
Memon, sources said, would be woken at 3 am and, 10 minutes later, will be asked to take a bath. “If he wants a hot shower, it would be provided,” said a source.
The SP, DSP, Executive Magistrate and Medical Officer will visit him in his cell. “The SP and Executive Magistrate shall identify the prisoner as the person named in the warrant, and read to him a translation of the warrant in his mother tongue,” the source said.
At 3.20 am, Memon will be served breakfast, the menu for which would be finalised in consultation with him. If the jail canteen cannot provide the food he wants, it will be ordered from outside, sources said.
He will be then asked to read any religious book of his choice and, by 3.35 am, taken to the gallows. His hands will be tied behind his back, and his face covered with a cotton cap. After a medical officer confirms death, the news will be communicated to the state home department, which will inform the family.
“The procedure should end by 4.30 am and a decision will then be taken on where the body should be buried,” the source said.
The distance the prisoner drops from the gallows is decided by his weight, which is determined four days before the execution. According to the jail manual, prisoners under 45 kg are dropped 8 feet; those between 45 kg and 60 kg are dropped 7 feet 8 inches; up to 75 kg, 7 feet; and up to 91 kg, 6 feet 6 inches.
“We don’t expect Yakub to be more than 75 kg, so his drop will likely be 7 feet,” another source said.
A new rope will be purchased for the hanging. As a rule, a sandbag weighing 1½ times the weight of the convict is dropped 6-8 feet to test the rope. Two spare ropes will be kept ready.
Officials said that the prison manual allows a social scientist or a psychologist/psychiatrist conducting research, to be present at the execution with prior permission from jail authorities.