The court also convicted Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, and Karimullah Sheikh under charges of conspiracy and murder under sections of IPC, TADA and Explosives Act. The court will pronounce quantum of sentence on Monday (June19).
The blasts were believed to have been carried out in response to the riots after the December 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid.
The charges against Dossa, who was extradited from the United Arab Emirates, include landing arms and explosives, conspiracy, and sending individuals to Pakistan for training. The court observed that the prosecution failed to prove conspiracy charges against Siddiqui.
Salem was convicted in the blasts case under charges of conspiracy and terror activities. It has taken more than 25 years to convict the accused in the Mumbai blast case.
The court had dropped certain charges against Salem in 2013 after the CBI moved a plea, saying the charges were against the extradition treaty between India and Portugal. "We would now ask for maximum punishment for all the convicts", Deepak Salvi, the public prosecutor in this case, said.
Court found accused Firoz Khan guilty of participating in conspiratorial meetings held at Dawood Ibrahim's Dubai residence, reported ANI. The court, in all, recorded statements of 750 prosecution witnesses and 50 witnesses.
Interestingly, the Mumbai Police had arrested one of the gangsters who was actively involved in the planning of the serial blasts in Mumbai, three days before they actually happened. On March 12, 1993, between 1.30 pm and 3.40 pm, 12 successive bomb explosions took place at 12 different places.
For perpetrating their heinous acts, the conspirators acquired and smuggled deadly arms and ammunition, detonators, hand grenades and almost three tonnes of the deadly RDX (Research & Development Explosive - OR Cyclotrimethylene Trinitramine), which was used for the first time after World War II on such a scale.
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