Mumbai Serial Blasts Convict, Mustafa Dossa Dies

One of the masterminds in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, Mustafa Dossa died on Wednesday in early hours, just a day after CBI sought capital punishment for him.
Mustafa Dossa

Mumbai: After being sentenced in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, Mustafa Dossa died on Wednesday, just a day after the CBI sought capital punishment for him. Dossa was admitted to the JJ Hospital at 3 am after he complained of chest pain. He was serving jail term in Arthur Road Jail and was said to be suffering from uncontrolled hypertension, diabetes and infection, according to sources.

Alleging that the role Dossa played in the blasts was more severe than that of hanged convict Yakub Memon, CBI on Tuesday sought the death penalty for him. CBI also argued that Dossa was one of the brains behind the conspiracy and that his degree of responsibility towards the commission of the crime was the highest.   More: Six Accused Convicted In 1993 Serial Blasts Case

The special court in its second leg of the trial in the blasts case had on June 16 convicted five accused, including Dossa and extradited gangster Abu Salem under the charges of murder, conspiracy and sections of now repealed TADA, and the sixth accused Riyaz Siddiqui was convicted only under TADA Act.

Meanwhile, the court acquitted another accused Abdul Quayyum of all charges. Besides, the trial of the seven accused including Abu Salem and Dossa was separated from the main case as they were arrested at the time of conclusion of the main trial.

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