1993 Mumbai blasts: Abu Salem, 5 others convicted; 1 acquitted
MUMBAI: Twenty-four years after 12 blasts rocked the city killing 257 and left 713 seriously injured, a special court of the Terrorism and Disruption Act condemned six of the seven defendants, including Abu Salem and Mustafa Dossa, on Friday.
At the pier is a second batch of defendants, tried by special judge Govind Sanap A, after the main trial of 123 defendants ended in 2006 with the conviction of 100.
The court scheduled the next hearing June 19 (Monday) to decide the date of the quantum dispute.
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Other convicts include Feroz Khan Taher Merchant, Riyaz Siddiqui, Karimulla Khan. The court issued the sentence after hearing the arguments of the defense and the prosecution. Of the six convicted by Tada’s court, only five face the gallows.
Riyaz Siddiqui enters the only life sentence because he is not guilty of criminal conspiracy.
Abdul Qayyum Shaikh, who was acquitted by the court, would have weapons and ammunition sent abroad that landed at Jerry Dighi. He also sold a Sanjay Dutt revolver in September 1992.
Special IWC representative Deepak Salvi said that the trial of the seven detainees between 2003 and 2010 was to be separated as they were shaken after a substantial part of the previous test was completed.
With no other defendant currently detained, Friday’s verdict was the last in the case for the time being. Thirty-three defendants flee, including key conspirators Dawood Ibrahim, his brother Anees Ibrahim, brother of Mustafa Mohammed Dossa and Tiger Memon.
Salem was extradited from Portugal in November 2005. His confession led to the arrest of Siddiqui and Shaikh. Mustafa was appointed in 1995 by a co-accused and arrested in 2003 after arriving in Delhi from Dubai.
The IWC presented the planned attacks to avenge the demolition of Babri Masjid December 6, 1992 and the following riots.
Taher (60) also experienced less predominance. A resident of Kambekar Street in central Mumbai, who grew up Dawud and his brothers, and is said to be with Don confidence.
It would have motivated the partners to organize Mumbai men to train to handle the weapons and ammunition in Pakistan.
Taher is also accused of raising funds to acquire weapons and ammunition. Abu Dhabi was extradited in 2010. The 12 coordinated attacks 13: 30-15: 40 on March 12, 1993, from 15 meetings planned through the UAE and India, property also destroyed value of Rs 27 million rupees.
Special IWC representative Deepak Salvi told the court in his first argument that “it was the first terrorist attack in the world in which large-scale RDX was used after World War II.”
Special judge SANAP resumed trial in 2011 and the procedure was concluded in March this year.
The trial was adjourned after the defendant and prosecutor moved the court at the apex challenging various legal aspects. Rizwan Merchant’s two-judge lawyer questioned the applicability of the bulky evidence of 686 witnesses to the previous test.