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1993 Mumbai Blasts Verdict Live: Abu Salem Guilty of Supplying Arms, Five Others Convicted

News18.com | June 16, 2017, 1:45 PM IST
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Extradited gangster Abu Salem and five others — Mustafa Dossa, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, Tahir Merchant, Karimullah Sheikh and Riyaz Siddiqui — have been convicted by a special TADA for the 1993 Bombay serial blasts which killed 257 people and injured over 700. The court has acquitted Abdul Quayyum who was charged with delivering weapons to actor Sanjay Dutt.

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Jun 16, 2017 2:20 pm (IST)

Jun 16, 2017 2:11 pm (IST)

According to the prosecution, in order to avenge the demolition of Babri Masjid, members of the crime syndicate under the fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim along with other absconding accused Tiger Memon, Mohammed Dossa and Mustafa Dossa hatched a conspiracy to commit terrorist acts in India.

The prosecution said that the object of the crime was to commit terrorist acts with an intent to overawe the Government of India, to strike terror on the people, alienate a section of the people and to harm the communal harmony. It said that the conspirators smuggled fire-arms, ammunitions, detonators, hand grenades and highly explosive substances like RDX into India and stored it.


Jun 16, 2017 1:59 pm (IST)

Jun 16, 2017 1:56 pm (IST)

In the first leg of the trial that concluded in 2007, the TADA court had convicted 100 accused in the case, while 23 persons 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 -- were separated from the main case as they were arrested at the time of conclusion of the main trial.

 


Jun 16, 2017 1:56 pm (IST)

In the first leg of the trial that concluded in 2007, the TADA court had convicted 100 accused in the case, while 23 persons 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 -- were separated from the main case as they were arrested at the time of conclusion of the main trial.

 


Jun 16, 2017 1:53 pm (IST)


Mushtafa Dossa allegedly masterminded the landing of explosives including RDX in India and sent some youth to Pakistan to acquire arms training to execute the blasts. The 1993 Bombay Serial Blasts had left 257 dead, 713 persons seriously injured and destroyed properties worth Rs 27 crore. In the first leg of the trial that concluded in 2007, the TADA court had convicted 100 accused in the case, while 23 persons were acquitted.


Jun 16, 2017 1:50 pm (IST)

 

Abu Salem was found guilty of transporting weapons from Gujarat to Mumbai ahead of the blasts. He had also handed over to actor Sanjay Dutt-- who was an accused in the case for illegally possessing weapons-- AK 56 rifles, 250 rounds and some hand grenades at his residence on January 16, 1993. Two days later on January 18, 1993, Salem and two others went to Dutt's house and got back two rifles and some rounds.


Jun 16, 2017 1:48 pm (IST)

This is a unique judgement... The Prosecution can't demand a death sentence for gangster Abu Salem due to the agreement with Portugal, says Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. Earlier, the court had dropped certain charges against  Salem in 2013 after the investigating agency --CBI-- moved a plea, saying those charges were against the extradition treaty between India and Portugal.


Jun 16, 2017 1:42 pm (IST)

The TADA court will hear the arguments on quantum of punishment from 19th June.


Jun 16, 2017 1:40 pm (IST)

Five of the seven accused have been charged with conspiracy in the 1993 Mumbai Serial Blasts case... Dossa helped Yakub Memon with arms, says CBI counsel D Salve briefs the media after the verdict.


Jun 16, 2017 1:30 pm (IST)


Meanwhile, Delhi police arrest a man claiming to be an associate of Abu Salem. Police is currently verifying his claims.


Jun 16, 2017 1:23 pm (IST)


Mumbai TADA Court believes prosecution failed to prove charges against Riaz Siddiqui for conspiracy in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. (reports ANI)


Jun 16, 2017 1:22 pm (IST)


Justice Kode on Abu Salem being convicted: Nothing stops TADA judge from giving Abu Salem death sentence. Not even the assurance given to Portugal    


Jun 16, 2017 1:21 pm (IST)

Abdul Qayyum acquitted, reports ANI. He was charged with delivering weapons to Sanjay Dutt.

 


Jun 16, 2017 1:19 pm (IST)


Abu Salem has been acquitted of some charges of TADA for which he was framed initially. (reports ANI)


Jun 16, 2017 1:14 pm (IST)

Mumbai TADA Court believes Mustafa Dossa, Abu Salem, Tahir Merchant and Firoz Khan were among the main conspirators of 1993 Mumbai blasts case.  (reports ANI)

 


Jun 16, 2017 1:10 pm (IST)


Abu Salem, one of the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai Serial Blasts case, has been convicted by the TADA court. He was extradited from Portugal and was accused supplying arms.  The charges levelled on him are under sections- 326, 324, 436, 201 and 212, 302, 307 of the IPC.


Jun 16, 2017 1:04 pm (IST)

Abu Salem, one of the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai Serial Blasts case, has been convicted by the TADA court. He was extradited from Portugal and was accused of transporting and distributing arms and ammunitions. 


Jun 16, 2017 1:01 pm (IST)


Accused Karimullah Sheikh convicted by TADA Court in the 1993 Mumbai Serial Blasts case. He was charged with smuggling arms into the country through the Shekhadi coast of Raigad district in February 1993.


Jun 16, 2017 12:53 pm (IST)


Tahir Merchant has also been found guilty in 1993 Mumbai Serial Blasts case by the Tada Court. He was charged with arranging the transportation for the other convicts to travel to Pakistan. 


Jun 16, 2017 12:52 pm (IST)


No mercy should be shown to terrorists, says Justice (Retd) PC Kode who was a TADA court judge in the serial blasts case.


Jun 16, 2017 12:50 pm (IST)


So far, two (Mustafa Dossa Abdul, Rashid Khan) of the seven accused have been found guilty in the case. The others are Abu Salem, Karimullah Sheikh, Tahir Merchant alias Tahir Taklya, Abdul Qayyum and Riyaz Siddiqui.


Jun 16, 2017 12:43 pm (IST)

 


Abu Salem's verdict is yet to come out. He was extradited from Portugal and was accused of transporting and distributing arms and ammunitions.  Currently, the Judgement is pronounced


Jun 16, 2017 12:43 pm (IST)


Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan has been also found guilty in 1993 Mumbai Serial Blasts case. He was charged with supervising the whole procedure when arms and ammunitions were transported to Mumbai. He is convicted under charges of conspiracy and murder under sections of IPC


Jun 16, 2017 12:38 pm (IST)

Dossa found guilty

Mustafa Dossa has been found guilty by the TADA court in 1993 Mumbai Serial Blasts case. He was extradited from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The charges against him were of landing arms and explosives, conspiracy, and sending individuals to Pakistan for training.

 


Jun 16, 2017 12:26 pm (IST)

Judge arrives at the TADA court. The hearing of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case begins.


Jun 16, 2017 11:59 am (IST)

 

How did Mumbai police crack the case?

The entire investigation of the case happened under the supervision of Rakesh Maria, who was the then Deputy Commissioner of Police. Mumbai Police were praised for cracking the case within 48 hours. The clue was a vehicle loaded with explosives, which did not blow up. The owner of the vehicle was Rubina Memon, which soon led the police to the Memon family flat where the police found the rest of the clues and concluded that the Memons were involved in the case.


Jun 16, 2017 11:57 am (IST)

 

Who planned the terror attack?

The attacks were planned by Dawood Ibrahim. Dawood was assisted in this act by Tiger Memon, who is also believed to be hiding in Pakistan. The bombings were financed by expatriate Indian smugglers based in the UAE. The Indian authorities have also pointed at the active involvement of the Pakistani intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the blasts. Several terrorists received training in Pakistan. Nearly all were recruited from Dubai or went to Pakistan via Dubai.


Jun 16, 2017 11:57 am (IST)

Jun 16, 2017 11:44 am (IST)


Extradited gangster Abu Salem brought to TADA court which will pronounce verdict in the second leg of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, reports ANI


Jun 16, 2017 11:08 am (IST)

Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam has entered the TADA court in Mumbai


Jun 16, 2017 10:16 am (IST)

Accused Mustafa Dossa has left for the TADA court from Arthur Road Jail. Dossa was extradited from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He has been charged with landing arms and explosives, conspiracy, and sending individuals to Pakistan for training.


Jun 16, 2017 9:57 am (IST)

WHAT ARE THE CHARGES AGAINST THE SEVEN ACCUSED

— Abu Salem was extradited from Portugal and was accused of transporting and distributing arms and ammunitions.

— Mustafa Dossa was extradited from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The charges against him were of landing arms and explosives, conspiracy, and sending individuals to Pakistan for training.

— Tahir Merchant was charged with arranging the transportation for the other convicts to travel to Pakistan.

— Abdul Qayyum was charged with delivering weapons to actor Sanjay Dutt.

— Riyaz Siddiqui has been accused of transporting explosives in a Maruti van which was later used in the blasts.

— Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan was charged of supervising the whole procedure when arms and ammunitions were transported to Mumbai.

— Karimullah Sheikh was charged with smuggling arms into the country through the Shekhadi coast of Raigad district in February 1993.

 


Jun 16, 2017 9:55 am (IST)

Jun 16, 2017 9:54 am (IST)

HOW AND WHY THE ATTACKS WERE PLOTTED

According to the prosecution, in order to avenge the demolition of Babri Masjid, members of the crime syndicate under the fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim along with other absconding accused Tiger Memon, Mohammed Dossa and Mustafa Dossa (who is presently facing trial) hatched a conspiracy to commit terrorist acts in India. The prosecution said that the object of the crime was to commit terrorist acts with an intent to overawe the Government of India, to strike terror on the people, alienate section of the people and to harm the communal harmony. It said that the conspirators smuggled fire-arms, ammunitions, detonators, hand grenades and highly explosive substances like RDX into India and stored it. According to the prosecution, Mustafa Dossa, Tiger Memon and Chhota Shakeel organised training camps in Pakistan and in India to impart weapon and arms training and handling of explosives. They also sent men from India to Pakistan via Dubai for arms training. The prosecution also said that the conspirators held 15 meetings before the execution of the blasts. 


Jun 16, 2017 9:52 am (IST)

WHEN SERIAL BLASTS ROCKED BOMBAY

On March 12, 1993 the country's commercial capital witnessed an unprecedented terrorist attack when a series 12 bomb explosions took place one after another in about a span of two hours. The blasts took place at Bombay Stock Exchange, Katha Bazaar, Lucky petrol pump near Sena Bhavan, opposite Passport office near Century Bazaar, Fishermen's colony at Mahim Causeway, at basement of Air India Building, Zaveri Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Plaza Theatre, Centaur Hotel (Juhu), Sahar Airport (Bay no.54) and Centaur Hotel (near airport). This was the first ever terrorist attack in the world where RDX (Research Department Explosive i.e cyclotrimethylene trinitramine) was used on such a large scale after the Second World War. 


Jun 16, 2017 9:48 am (IST)

It was during the trial in 2013 that the Supreme Court pronounced a judgment on appeal filed by all the accused wherein key conspirator Yakub Memon's death sentence was confirmed, while that of others (all bomb planters) were commuted to life imprisonment. Sanjay Dutt and many others surrendered before the TADA court in May 2013 after the apex court upheld their conviction. Yakub Memon was executed on July 30, 2015 after his several pleas seeking clemency were rejected, including the post-midnight hearing by Supreme Court on the day he was hanged.


Jun 16, 2017 9:47 am (IST)

The trial resumed in 2012 and concluded this March. The case, involving the seven accused, was first heard by judge Pramod Kode, who had also delivered the judgment in the first leg of the trial and convicted 100 accused and acquitted 23 in 2007. Later, judge DU Mullah presided over the TADA court, and the case is now being heard by judge GA Sanap.


Jun 16, 2017 9:35 am (IST)

The court, in all, recorded statements of around 750 prosecution witnesses and 50 witnesses. Three accused, including Abu Salem, had confessed to their crime during investigations carried out by the CBI over the years into the blasts case. Though the hearing in the case began in 2007, it was delayed as three petitions were pending with the Supreme Court, one each filed by Dossa and Salem, and another by CBI.


Jun 16, 2017 9:34 am (IST)

Mustafa Dossa allegedly masterminded the landing of explosives, including RDX in India, and sent some youth to Pakistan to acquire arms training.


Jun 16, 2017 9:34 am (IST)

The court had dropped certain charges against Abu Salem in 2013 after the CBI moved a plea, saying those charges were against the extradition treaty between India and Portugal.


Jun 16, 2017 9:33 am (IST)

The dastardly attacks had left 257 people dead, 713 seriously injured and destroyed properties worth Rs 27 crore. Abu Salem was accused of transporting weapons from Gujarat to Mumbai. He also handed over to actor Sanjay Dutt, who was an accused in the case for illegally possessing weapons, A-K 56 rifles, 250 bullets and some hand grenades at his residence on January 16, 1993. Two days later on January 18, 1993, Salem and two others went to Dutt's house and got back two rifles and some rounds.


Jun 16, 2017 9:32 am (IST)

A special TADA court is likely to pronounce its judgment in the 1993 Bombay serial blasts case involving seven accused, including extradited gangster Abu Salem. In the first leg of the trial that concluded in 2007, the TADA court had convicted 100 accused in the case, 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 — were separated from the main case as they were arrested at the time of conclusion of the main trial.


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