2 convicts of 1993 Mumbai blasts sentenced to death

Marie Harrington
September 8, 2017

Riyaz Siddique was sentenced to 10 years in jail.

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The TADA court has also convicted Karimullah Shaikh, Firoz Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui and Mohammad Tahir Merchant in the blast case.

The fifth convict in the case Mustafa Dossa died of heart attack on June 28.

The charges against the five ranged from criminal conspiracy, waging war against the Indian government and murder under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Indian Explosives and Explosive Substances Act.

All the six accused, including Mustafa Dossa, were earlier pronounced guilty by the Special Court on June 16.

In the blasts, 257 people were killed and over 700 injured as a series of massive explosions ripped through the financial capital of India on March 12, 1993.

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Mohammed Taher Merchant and Feroze Khan were sentenced to death for their role in the blasts.

Describing the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts as the biggest internal terrorist attack on India, another BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said the verdict will serve as a lesson to all those acting against the country.

Additional Sessions Judge GA Sanap, who presides over a special court set up under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) handed out the sentences against five convicts at a jam-packed court room in the Mumbai Sessions Court.

Abu Salem, 57, who was convicted for transporting weapons from Gujarat to Mumbai, along with Karimullah Khan was sentenced to life imprisonment.

His younger brother Abu Kaif and his family who were residing in mafia don's palatial three-storied house in Pathantola, Sanjarpur in Saraimeer area of Azamgarh put a lock in the house and went underground to avoid media after life imprisonment was awarded to Abu Salem. Under the extradition treaty, death penalty could not be awarded to him.

The sentencing was announced nearly three months after the five of them were convicted.

The culprits sentenced Thursday were detained and tried separately from other suspects in the case as they were arrested towards the end of a previous trial, in which 11 people were sentenced to hang for perpetrating the deadly blasts.

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