Six Accused Convicted In 1993 Serial Blasts Case
Mumbai: Nearly two and half decades after the 1993 serial blasts case, that left 257 dead and over 700 injured, a Mumbai special TADA court announced its verdict on Friday. Six aides of Dwaood Ibrahim were convicted. The key accused in the case, Abu Salem, did not display any emotion while the verdict was pronounced. The court found the six accused guilty of charges including terrorist activities, murder and conspiracy. One of the accused was acquitted.
The quantum of sentence will be decided on Monday.
Besides Salem, found guilty of transporting weapons from Gujarat to Mumbai ahead of the blasts, the key mastermind of the strike, Mustafa Dossa was also convicted by the Court. He was convicted on charges of conspiracy and murder.
“The first conspiratorial meeting that took place in Dubai in the case was held in the house of Mohammad Dossa, Mustafa Dossa’s brother. Mustafa Dossa was himself present. They conspired to send in arms, explosives and spark riots against Hindus and the government. The conspiracy was hatched as a revenge of the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition,” Deepak Salve, the lawyer for the Central Bureau of Investigation, said.
The court pronouncing its verdict maintained that Abu Salem and Mustafa Dossa were key conspirators and also instrumental in executing the serial blasts.
After the CBI moved a plea, asking certain charges be dropped against Salem as they were against an extradition treaty between India and Portugal, the Court dropped certain charges against him in 2013.
While Salem was extradited from Portugal in 2005, Dossa was extradited from the UAE. The court also convicted Mohammed Tahir Merchant alias Tahir Takla, Karimullah Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui and Feroze Abdul Rashid Khan. Abdul Qayyum has been acquitted in the case. A number of other accused in the case, including India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, remain on the run.