Day after CBI asks for capital punishment, Mumbai blasts convict Mustafa Dossa dies in hospital
Mustafa Dossa had informed the TADA court about his heart problem and said he wanted to undergo bypass surgery. Photograph: (ANI)
Mumbai serial blasts case convict Mustafa Dossa died of cardiac arrest after being admitted to the hospital on Wednesday.
he was a close aide of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim.
"Mustafa Dossa died due to cardiac arrest today at 2.30 pm," TP Lahane, JJ Hospital Dean told ANI.
Dossa was reportedly admitted to the JJ Hospital in Mumbai at 3 am after he complained of chest pain.
Lahane told PTI that Dossa also had had uncontrolled hypertension, diabetes and infection.
Dossa had informed the special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA) court about his heart problem and said he wanted to undergo a bypass surgery.
He died a day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) asked capital for capital punishment for Dossa, saying that his role in the blasts was "more severe" than that of hanged convict Yakub Memon.
The CBI 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.
Addressing media after the court's order, CBI counsel Harish Salve had said, "Mustafa Dossa conducted a conspiracy meeting in Dubai which was attended by Dawood Ibrahim and others. They hatched a conspiracy of Mumbai blast to take revenge of Babri Masjid demolition."
"The accused used to travel between Dubai and Pakistan for arms and ammunition training where Pakistan had given them green channel entry. Their targets were Indian politicians, high officials and Hindus".
257 people were killed in the co-ordinated blasts that jolted the city on March 12, 1993.
The court had on June 16 convicted five accused, including Dossa and extradited gangster Abu Salem, under the charges of murder, conspiracy and sections of now repealed TADA, while the sixth accused Riyaz Siddiqui was convicted only under TADA Act.
The court had acquitted another accused Abdul Quayyum of all charges.
The trial of the accused was separated from the main case as they were arrested at the time of conclusion of the main trial.