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Mumbai blasts: Mustafa Dossa found guilty

17 June 2017, 07:22 | Brandon Parsons

Mumbai blasts: Mustafa Dossa found guilty

Mumbai blasts: Mustafa Dossa found guilty

Other accused Tahir Merchant, Karimullah Shaikh were also convicted.

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.

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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.

Mumbai: A Special TADA Court on Friday pronounced guilty Mustafa Dossa, one of the prime accused in the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

The case (involving the seven accused) was first heard by judge Pramod Kode, who had also delivered the judgement in the first leg of the trial and convicted 100 accused in 2007.

APRIL 19, 1993 Actor Sanjay Dutt arrested. He was acquitted of charges under section 3 (3), 3 (2) (i) (ii), section 3 sub section (4) (5) of TADA, which deal with terror activities.

Originally handled by the Mumbai police, the case was handed over to the CBI a month after the attack. All the seven accused were present in court on Friday.

June 30, 1995: Two accused, Mohammed Jameel and Usman Jhankanan, turn approvers in the case.

Abu Salem was born in Sarai Mir, a town in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh to a small time lawyer.

September 2003: Main trial ends.

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