1993 Mumbai blasts verdict: Abu Salem, Firoz Khan, Mustafa Dossa, Tahir Merchant, Karimullah Shaikh found guilty

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Abu Salem has been charged with supplying arms and ammunitions for the blasts

 

 

Latest news : During its hearing in the second leg of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (Tada) court in Mumbai on Friday convicted Abu Salem, Firoz Khan, Mustafa Dossa, Tahir Merchant and Karimullah Shaikh on charges including criminal conspiracy and murder.

 

The special court is hearing cases against mafia don Abu Salem and six others.

 

Tahir Merchant and Firoz Khan have been convicted on charges of conspiracy and murder under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), TADA and Explosives Act, while Mustafa Dossa has been found guilty of conspiracy, murder and terror activities.

 

The blasts that rocked 13 sites in Mumbai on March 12, 1993, had left 257 people dead and 713 injured, besides causing destruction of properties worth Rs 27 crore.

 

In the first leg of the trial, the Tada court had convicted 100 accused in the case and acquitted 23 people.

 

What is Abu Salem charged with?

 

Abu Salem, charged with supplying arms and ammunitions for the blasts from Gujarat to Mumbai, was extradited from Portugal in 2005.

 

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005 for the 1995 murder of builder Pradeep Jain, and is currently lodged in Taloja Central Jail in Raigad.

 

Who are the other accused?

 

Apart from Abu Salem, the other accused are Mustafa Dossa (extradited from the UAE), Mohammed Tahir Merchant alias Tahir Takla, Abdul Qayyum, Karimullah Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui and Feroze Abdul Rashid Khan. (read more)

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