A special TADA (Terrorism and Disruptive Activities Act) court on Friday (June 16) passed judgment on a long overdue terror case that the entire nation was waiting for. In the second leg of the trial in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case involving seven accused, the court found Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Taher Merchant, Firoz Khan and Karimuddin Khan guilty of conspiracy charges. However, another accused Abdul Qayyum has been acquitted. Also, the prosecution failed to prove charges against Riaz Siddiqui for conspiracy. The sentences will be declared on Monday.
Gangster Abu Salem with five other companions had planned the dastardly attacks in on March 12, 1993, that had left 257 people dead, 713 seriously injured and destroyed properties worth Rs 27 crore.
“Politicians, high-level officers and Hindus were the targets of the people behind the 1993 blasts,” prosecution lawyer Deepak Salve, CBI counsel, told reporters. “Five of the seven accused have been charged with conspiracy…Dossa helped Yakub Memon with arms,” News18 further quoted Salve as saying.
The trial against Dossa, Salem, Firoz Khan, Taher Merchant, Karimuddin Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui and Abdul Qayyum were handled separately by the court. They were arrested between 2003 and 2010 and were facing multiple charges which included criminal conspiracy, waging war against the Government of India and murder, ANI reported.
On March 12, 1993, a series of bomb blasts had shaken the Mumbai. Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon, along with his brother Yakub Memon — who was executed on July 30, 2015 — were the terror masterminds that killed hundreds of innocent lives and injured many. A series of 12 bomb explosions took place one after another in about a span of two hours. According to reports, this was the first ever terrorist attack in the world after the Second World War where RDX was used on such a large scale.
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