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1993 Mumbai blasts: CBI asks for capital punishment for Tahir Merchant, Karimullah Khan

Mustafa Dossa died a day after the CBI asked for capital punishment for Dossa, saying that his role in the blasts was 'more severe' than that of hanged convict Yakub Memon. (Representative image) Photograph: (Getty)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 30, 2017, 01.00 PM (IST)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday asked for capital punishment for Tahir Merchant and Karimullah Khan for their role in 1993 Bombay bombings, ANI reported. 
 
The CBI counsel said Khan was one of the prime conspirators who had knowledge of RDX and weapons movement.
 
The counsel, demanding death penalty for Merchant, said he was one of the main conspirators.
 
The prosecution also asked for life imprisonment for Riaz Siddique.
 
On June 28, the special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA) court earlier on adjourned the case after the death of Mustafa Dossa.
 
Mustafa Dossa died of cardiac arrest after being admitted to the hospital on Wednesday.
 
He was a close aide of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim.
 
He died a day after the CBI asked for capital punishment for Dossa, saying that his role in the blasts was "more severe" than that of hanged convict Yakub Memon.
 
The CBI had said Dossa was one of the "brains" behind the conspiracy and that his degree of responsibility towards the commission of the crime was the highest.
 
257 people were killed in the coordinated blasts that jolted the city on March 12, 1993.
 

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