1993 Mumbai blasts: Hearing on quantum of punishment begins
June 22, 2017  16:39
1993 Mumbai blast case: Prosecution begins its argument for quantum of sentence, demand maximum sentence for all six convicts. Prosecution brings to the Special TADA Court's notice that 257 lives were lost and 713 were injured.

The lone accused acquitted in the case, Abdul Qayyum, was released from the Arthur Road jail on Saturday.

A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act court in Mumbai on Friday convicted six persons including mastermind Mustafa Dossa and extradited gangster Abu Salem in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. This was the second leg of the trial.

All the seven accused were facing multiple charges which included criminal conspiracy, waging war against the government of India and murder.

In the first leg of the trial that concluded in 2007, the TADA court had convicted 100 accused in the case, while 23 people were acquitted.

The present trial of the seven accused -- Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui, Tahir Merchant and Abdul Quayyum -- was separated from the main case as they were arrested at the time of conclusion of the main trial.

The dastardly attacks had also left 713 seriously injured and destroyed properties worth Rs 27 crore.

Image: 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Mustafa Dossa.
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