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Flashback to Terror: 1993 Mumbai Blasts Judgement to Hail on June 27 After 24 Years

The attack was the first to occur after the Second World War when RDX was used massively

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Mumbai Blasts took a massive toll in the year 1993. Pixabay
  • On March 12, 1993, 12 blasts ripped through the city of Mumbai
  • The judgment of the 6 out of 7 accused has been adjourned till June 27

June 24, 2017:

Twenty-four years after the horrific blasts which shredded the Mumbai city into tears and despairs,  a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act court convicted 1993 Mumbai blasts accused gangster Abu Salem along with five others under the charge of the criminal conspiracy. However, Abdul Qayyum Ansari has been acquitted. The judgment of the accused has been adjourned till June 27.

Flashback: Black Friday in Mumbai (1993)

On March 12, 1993, 12 blasts ripped through the city of Mumbai then Bombay, shedding lives of at least 257 people and 713 injured. The harrowing attack is also known to be the most coordinated terrorist attacks on the grounds of India. The attack was the first to occur after the Second World War when RDX was used massively. The Supreme Court confirmed this in 2014 calling the attack to be the first terror attack after the second world which had used RDX in bulk.

Series of 12 Deadliest Bomb Blasts in 2 hours

Bombay Stock Exchange

A powerful car bomb exploded in the basement of Mumbai Stock Exchange building. The 28 story building was set ablaze leading to 84 deaths and 217 injuries.

Katha Bazar

4 people died in South Mumbai after Parvez Nazir Ahmed Shaikh parked the RDX-laden scooter at Katha Bazar.

Shiv Sena Bhawan

A bomb exploded at a gas station opposite of Shiv Sena Bhawan.

Air India Building

A car bomb exploded in the basement garage of the building, leading to 20 deaths and 87 injuries. Farooq Pawale was convicted and sentenced to death for planting the attack.

Mahim Causeway

Three died in hutments near Mahim Causeway after convicted Salim Rahim Shaikh hurled hand grenade in the area.

Century Bazar

RDX was placed under manhole at Century Bazar the convicted Abdul Gani Turk. The explosion took place when a bus ran over the explosive, killing about 113 people, which was the highest casualty amongst 12 explosions.

Zaveri Bazar

Mohd Shoaib Ghansar had placed RDX filled scooter in the area that killed 19 people in the explosion.

Hotel Sea Rock

A man placed the bomb in the room of the hotel two days prior to the explosion but never stayed in the room. The device exploded shattering every window in the building.

Plazma Cinema

The explosion occurred when an RDX filled Maruti Van was placed at the Plazma Cinema

Hotel Juhu Centuar

The bomb in the hotel was hidden in a room and injured three staff members.

Hotel Airport Centaur

The attack was compiled and combined by Nibandh Vinod. The bomb exploded leaving 2 deaths and 8 injuries.

Conspirator of the Mumbai Blasts

Dawood Ibrahim and the Memon family are believed to be the masterminds behind the Mumbai blasts. Dawood is the famous underworld don whose name also appears in United Nations Charter list of dreadful criminals. The mastermind is said to be hiding since the blasts and is believed to be in Pakistan. He is also alleged to have ties with terror group Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Toiba.  While Dawood, Tiger and Ayub are still absconding, Yukub Memon was sentenced to death in 2015.

The rationale behind the Attack: Why Mumbai?

Many Muslims died in communal riots which broke out in the year 1993 following the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya and successive construction of a temporary temple in its place. The terror attack was a well-constructed revenge planted by the conspirators to arouse fear in the minds of people and create disharmony among the different sections of society.


– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94

 

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Top 10 highlights of Abu Salem sentencing for the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case: Abu Salem gets life sentence, Feroz Khan and Tahir Merchant gets death penalty

The duration of punishment for the alleged gangsters of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts - Abu Salem, Taher Merchant, Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, Karimullah Khan, and Riyaz Siddiqui was announced today

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Highlights of Abu Salem’s sentencing
Highlights of Abu Salem’s sentencing. IANS

New Delhi, September 7, 2017: It has been 24 years since the atrocious 1993 Mumbai serial blasts happened. Finally, a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activity (TADA) Court court in Mumbai announced today the duration of sentence against the gangster Abu Salem and four other convicts- Taher Merchant, Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui, Karimullah Khan. Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan were given life imprisonment by the court whereas Feroz Khan and Tahir Merchant were given a death sentence. Riyaz Siddiqui is given 10 years of imprisonment.

Also Read: Flashback to Terror: 1993 Mumbai Blasts Judgement to Hail on June 27 After 24 Years

The mastermind behind the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case was Mustafa Dossa, the blasts took lives of 257 people and injured 713 others. On 16th June 2017, Mustafa Dossa was convicted by the Court. But, the case against Mustafa Dossa was later closed as on June 28 he died due to a fatal cardiac arrest while the sentencing arguments were in the process in court. The CBI did claim that Mustafa Dossa’s role in the Mumbai serial blasts was “more severe” than Yakub Memon (he was hanged in July 2015 in the same case). The other claim made by CBI was that the “main conspirators” were Mustafa Dossa, Taher Merchant, and Feroz Khan.

Top 10 Highlights of Abu Salem’s sentencing:

  • The court said that Abu Salem’s ‘close proximity’ to chief conspirators of the case Anees Ibrahim (Dawood Ibrahim’s brother) and Mustafa Dossa, made him transport and conceal arms and ammunition at various places.
  • The court said, “Feroz Khan is not Hamza Khan as claimed by him. He is the same Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, who was declared a proclaimed offender in this case in 1993.” The court noted that Feroz was in fact ‘a prominent member’ of the Dossa gang and was also ‘actively involved’ in smuggling of arms and ammunition to India.
  • According to ANI reports, Ujjwal Nikam, Public Prosecutor said: “Convicts will get set-off for the time they have served in jail.”
  • Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan were sentenced to life imprisonment due to 2 separate counts each. The court ordered Salem and Karimullah to pay Rs 2 lakh fine.
  • Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan and Tahir Merchant were given the death sentence. As per CBI, “Feroz and Tahir were the main conspirators.”
  • Riyaz Siddiqui was given 10 years of imprisonment. He had been found not guilty of conspiracy but was convicted under section 3 (3) of the TADA(P) Act as he provided a vehicle to Abu Salem for transporting the vehicles.
  • Abu Salem was sentenced to life imprisonment by TADA court on charges of conspiracy and murder which were proven against him. After him, Karimullah Khan was sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • The death penalty could not be awarded to Abu Salem as he was extradited from Portugal in 2005 and India had signed an extradition agreement with Portugal.
  • “The TADA court had earlier convicted all of them except Riyaz Siddiqui under charges including murder, criminal conspiracy and other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) – TADA Act, Explosive Substances Act, Explosives Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.
  • The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) asked for a death sentence for Feroz, Merchant, and Karimullah, and for Salem and Siddiqui- life imprisonment.

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Aide to Chota Shakeel Nabbed by Police, was Planning to Kill Pakistan-born Canadian writer Tarek Fatah

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Tarek Fatah, a renowned writer condemns some practices of Islam. Wikimedia
  • Chota Shakeel is a well-known confidant of the fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim
  • Police have recently nabbed Chota Shakeel’s aide who is accused of planning the assassination of Tarek Fatah
  • Tarek Fatah is a prolific Pakistan-born Canadian writer who is famous for being vocal against terrorist ideologies and criticizing hardliners

New Delhi, July 09, 2017: The fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim’s well-known confidant, Chota Shakeel, and his close aide were planning to assassinate the prolific Pakistan-born Canadian writer Tarek Fatah before the police spoiled such plans.

The Delhi Police’s Special Cell has arrested Chota Shakeel’s aide who had reportedly received 1.5 lakh for the killing of writer Tarek Fatah. The arrested, Junaid Chaudhary, was nabbed on June 07 in Northeast Delhi, mentioned PTI report.

Junaid, son of a milkman, lived in Gokalpuri area in northeast Delhi. At age 21, he was a student of class XII from an open school.

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Tarek Fatah is a vocal critique of terrorist ideologies and extremism. There have often been cases where his statements have been considered controversial. He strongly opposes terrorism.

A pistol with four live cartridges was found on the Junaid, the arrested person. He also had arranged for additional weapons from western Uttar Pradesh. A few youths were also recruited for the plan. Junaid has been arrested before in June last year with 4 other youth for money sent in hawala by Chota Shakeel. He had also received arms and ammunitions. The plan was to kill Swami Chakrapani, the Hindu Mahasabha chief at that time.

Junaid got out on bail after four months, after which he contacted Shakeel again.

prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

 

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Sanjay Dutt set to walk free on February 27

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Mumbai: Bollywood’s prominent veteran actor Sanjay Dutt is all set to walk free from Yerwada jail in Pune on February 27 after been given clean chit by Maharashtra government.

Incarcerated Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, whose five-year sentence for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts was confirmed by the Supreme Court in March 2013, will be freed on February 27, official sources said.

Minister for State (Home) Ranjit Patil signed the file allowing Dutt’s release, without penalising him for reporting late from his furlough in January 2015.

Dutt was acquitted of terror charges under the TADA but found guilty of possessing illegal arms, acquired apparently to protect his family during the communal conflagration that engulfed Mumbai after the demolition of the Babri Mosque on December 6, 1992.

Of the five-year sentence, the actor had already served 18 months as an undertrial and was required to undergo another 42 months, which is now on the verge of completing.

Sources say the abatement has been granted on grounds of good behaviour.

Last year, former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju’s petition in 2013 to pardon Sanjay Dutt was rejected. Sources had said that Governor Vidyasagar Rao rejected the petition on the recommendation of the Maharashtra home department, which feared to set a bad precedent since the actor’s sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court. Also, the actor’s continuous breaks from jail have earlier been criticised as a testimony of VIP treatment.

More than 118 days have been spent out of prison by Mr Dutt between May 2013 and 2014.

It was claimed by him that possession of weapons was necessary to protect himself and his family from the deadly riots which were the aftermath of a series of bombs that exploded Mumbai city’s landmarks.

(Inputs from Agencies)