Mumbai: A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court on Friday pronounced their verdict convicting Abu Salem and 5 other accused in connection with the 1993 blasts case. The court has set the next hearing date on June 19, to decide the date for argument on quantum of sentence.
Extradited gangster Abu Salem was brought before the court and is later convicted under charges of conspiracy and terror activities. He has been acquitted of some charges of TADA for which he was framed initially.
Accused Mustafa Dossa found guilty of criminal conspiracy, murder and terror activities.Firoz Khan convicted under charges of conspiracy and murder under sections of IPC, TADA and Explosives Act. Tahir Merchant and Karimullah Shaikh were also convicted in the case.
The court believes that Mustafa Dossa, Abu Salem, Tahir Merchant and Firoz Khan were among the main conspirators of 1993 blasts case.
Accused Riaz Siddiqui convicted under TADA and other charges, as the court believes that prosecution failed to conspiracy prove charges against Riaz Siddiqui.
Abdul Qayyum acquitted of all charges in 1993 Mumbai blasts case. Court ordered his release on personal bond.
However, all accused were acquitted of the charge of waging war against the nation.
The dastardly multiple blasts in 1993 left 257 people dead, 713 seriously injured and destroyed properties worth Rs 27 crore.
In the first phase of the trial that concluded in 2007, the TADA court convicted 100 accused, while 23 people were acquitted.
The trial of the seven accused — Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui, Tahir Merchant and Abdul Quayyum — was separated from the main case as they were arrested at the time of conclusion of the main trial.
However, the blasts victims demanded for hanging punishment or life imprisonment for the accused. “Justice delayed is justice denied. We have suffered a lot till now. He ( Abu Salem) must be given hang punishment, or life imprisonment,” victim Kirti Ajmera said.
Salem has been named in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case and is an accused in a slew of cases related to murder and extortion. Salem is currently lodged in the Taloja Jail in Navi Mumbai. In February 2015, Salem was sentenced to life imprisonment by a special court in the 1995 in connection with the murder of Mumbai builder, Pradeep Jain.