1993 Mumbai serial blasts: Wait for verdict over, but Dawood-Tiger still free
Dawood Ibrahim: Absconding
Their day of reckoning finally arrived. Twenty-four years after they orchestrated the first large-scale coordinated attacks in the world and changed the fabric of Mumbai forever, six of the seven accused in the 1993 blasts were convicted today. One was acquitted.
The seven -- Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan alias Hamza Abdul Rashid Khan, Taher Mohd Merchant alias Taher Taklya, Riyaz Ahmed Siddiqui, Abdul Kayuum Karim Shaikh, and Karimulla Osan Khan alias Karimulla Hussain Habib Shaikh -- were the second set of accused in the blasts case. Abdul Shaikh was acquitted.
Tiger Memon: Absconding
Their trial was held separately as they were arrested towards the end of the first trial that ended in 2007. They were charged under relevant sections of the stringent TADA Act read with sections of the IPC, the Arms Act, the Explosives Act, the Explosives Substance Act and the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.
A series of 12 well-planned bomb blasts ripped through iconic, commercial and crowded spots across the city on March 12, 1993, between 1.29 pm and 3.40 pm -- a day often dubbed Black Friday. The dastardly attacks left 257 people dead and 713 seriously injured, and destroyed property worth R27 crore. In the first leg of the trial that concluded in 2007, the court convicted 100 accused and acquitted 23.
Abu Salem: Convicted
Charge: Transported arms from Gujarat to Mumbai
In 2013, the Supreme Court pronounced judgment on an appeal filed by all accused -- wherein key conspirator Yakub Memon's death sentence was confirmed and that of the others (all bomb planters) commuted to life imprisonment.
Actor Sanjay Dutt and many others surrendered before the court in May 2013, after the apex court upheld their conviction. Yakub Memon was executed on July 30, 2015, after several pleas for clemency were rejected. Dutt, who was acquitted of terror charges but sentenced for six years for possession of arms. He served his sentence and was released in February 2016.
Mustafa Dossa: Convicted
Charge: Planning and executing attacks, supplying arms
The explosions went off one after another at the Bombay Stock Exchange, Katha Bazaar, Lucky petrol pump near Sena Bhavan, opposite the passport office near Century Bazaar, the fishermen's colony at Mahim Causeway, the basement of Air India building at Nariman Point, Zaveri Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock in Bandra, Plaza Theatre in Dadar, Centaur Hotel (Juhu), the Sahar airport (bay 54) and Centaur Hotel (airport). The attacks were seen as a retaliation for the preceding riots that broke out from December 1992-January 1993 following the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.
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