Salem, 5 others convicted in ’93 Mumbai blasts case

MUMBAI: Six people, including Mustafa Dossa and gangster Abu Salem, were convicted on Friday of conspiring and carrying out a string of bomb blasts that ripped through the heart of Mumbai in 1993 and killed 257 people in what was India’s worst terrorist attack.

The Terrorist And Disruptive Activities (Prevention) (TADA) Act court in Mumbai also convicted Firoz Khan, Karimullah Shaikh, Tahir Merchant and Riyaz Siddiqui. Abdul Qayyum Shaikh — who was accused of accompanying Salem to deliver arms — was let off.

However, all the seven accused were acquitted of the charge of waging war against the nation.

The court is now likely to hear arguments over the quantum of sentence from Monday.

According to provisions under which the convicts have been held guilty, the maximum punishment is death.

Salem, however, cannot be given the death penalty. When the gangster was extradited from Portugal, one of the conditions was he cannot be given capital punishment.

Dossa was convicted on charges of conspiracy and murder as well as for offences under the TADA act, the arms act and the explosives act. Dossa allegedly planned the landing of explosives, including Research Department Explosive or RDX, in India and sent some men to Pakistan to acquire arms training to execute the blasts.
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