Mumbai blasts case: Abu Salem, 5 others convicted; 1 acquitted

Shaikh has been charged with smuggling arms into the country through the Shekhadi coast of Raigad district

Shaikh has been charged with smuggling arms into the country through the Shekhadi coast of Raigad district

Gangster Abu Salem was on Friday convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case under charges of conspiracy and terror activities by the TADA Court in Mumbai.

Abdul Qayuum is the only accused who has been acquitted in the serial blasts case. The court observed that the evidence against Qayyum was not "credible" or "acceptable".

Cruel Minds Behind of the 1993 Mumbai blasts case Mustafa Dossa and gangster Abu Salem were on Friday convicted by an TADA court here.

Special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act Judge G.A. Sanap has fixed the next hearing on June 19, when the Special Court will decide the date for the arguments on the quantum of sentence for the guilty. Lawyers said the maximum punishment for offences that Salem had been convicted of was death.

While the CBI sought that each of the men be charged under Section 121 of IPC for waging a war against the country, the court ruled that "it can not be accepted" and held all the men not guilty under the charge.

The country's commercial capital on March 12,1993 witnessed an unexampled terrorist attack when a series 12 bomb explosions took place one after another in about a span of two hours. The attacks took place at the Bombay Stock Exchange building, the Fisherman's Colony in Mahim causeway, Zaveri Bazaar, Plaza Cinema, Century Bazaar, Katha Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, the Air India Building, Hotel Juhu Centaur, Worli and the Passport Office.

The CBI claimed that the blasts were planned as retaliation to the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992 and the subsequent communal violence in the city.

As the seven accused were absconding during the commencement of the earlier trial, the trial of these accused was held separately.

The seven were present before Special Judge Sanap when the verdict was read out in the open court.

4 November 1993: Over 10,000 page-long primary charge-sheet filed against 189 accused, including Dutt who is named accused number 117.

The court held the accused guilty of charges related to involvement in criminal conspiracy and other charges of the TADA, Indian Penal Code, Explosive Substances Act and the Arms Act. The court ordered him to undergo a separate trial for several charges including conspiracy and transportation of arms.

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The six have been found guilty of murder, transporting weapons and criminal conspiracy. He recruited and sent one co-accused to Pakistan for training; participated in the arms drop at Dighi Jetty and Shekhadi with Tiger Memon and the others. However, News18 reported that he has also been convicted in the case.

All of the seven men are Muslim and were arrested between 2003 to 2010.

FIROZ ABDUL RASHID KHAN: The court rejected his defence that he was not Firoz Khan but one 'Hamza.

As far as the role of Dossa is concerned, he had attended the conspiracy meetings, help some of the accused go to Pakistan for training and arrange for the landing of RDX and AK-47 rifles along the Raigad coast. Other accused Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan has been also found guilty in 1993 Mumbai Serial Blasts case.

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