Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Salem found guilty in Bombay blasts case

Mustafa Dossa, the court said, actively, wilfully, deliberately and consciously participated in the meeting which gave birth to the original design of heinous criminal conspiracy to take revenge against Government of India.The court will hear arguments from the prosecution and defence on framing of charges against the convicted on June 19. "It is proved that the accused Mustafa Dossa for achieving the object of the main conspiracy, took the first step and sent arms and ammunition from Dubai/Pakistan to Dighi Jetty on January 9, 1993", the court said.

Special judge Govind A Sanap found "concrete evidence" against gangsters Abu Salem, 48, Mustafa Dossa, 60, Taher Merchant, 55, Feroze Khan, 47, and Karimullah Khan, 55, and convicted them on charges of criminal conspiracy, murder and indulging in acts of terrorism that cause death during the hour-long procedure.

He further added that "the accused used to travel between Dubai and Pakistan for arms and ammunition training where Pakistan had given them green channel entry. Therefore, if any decision is taken contrary to the spirit of the Indian laws, and also contrary to the spirit of the solemn sovereign assurance given by the then Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and understood by the Supreme court of Justice, Portugal in its judgment dated 27/01/2005, then very serious repercussions could follow". "He ( Abu Salem) must be given hang punishment, or life imprisonment", victim Kirti Ajmera said. He had also handed over to actor Sanjay Dutt three AK 56 rifles, 250 rounds of ammunition, and hand grenades on January 16, 1993.

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The court said none of the accused was held guilty under the Indian Penal Code charge of waging a war against the nation.

Abdul Qayyum Shaikh, an alleged member of Dawood Ibrahim's gang, is the lone accused who was acquitted of all charges.

The other four convicted include Tahir Merchant, Riyaz Siddiqui, Abdul Rashid Khan and Kareemullah Khan. The other spots include Katha Bazaar, Lucky petrol pump near Sena Bhavan in Dadar, opposite the passport office near Century Bazaar in Worli, Fishermen's colony in Mahim, the basement of Air India building in Nariman Point, Zaveri Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Plaza theatre, Centaur hotel in Juhu, Sahar airport and Centaur Hotel at the airport. He also attended many conspiracy meetings. The fearful attacks had left 257 dead, leaving 713 persons seriously injured and properties worth Rs 27 crore were destroyed. Abu Salem was on the run after the blasts and was found holed up in Portugal.

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On a large scale, the RDX (Research Department Explosive i.e cyclotrimethylene trinitramine) was used for the blasts, which was stated as the first-ever terrorist attack in the world.

The reason the treaty is signed between India and Portugal is that Salem and his wife entered Portugal illegally and resided there.

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"It's a victory for the CBI, Mumbai police and the people of India who trust in justice", Salvi told Reuters.

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