1993 Mumbai blasts case verdict: Abu Salem and five others found guilty
Abu Salem and six others will appear before the TADA court today in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. Photograph: (DNA)
A TADA(Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) court has found Abu Salem and five others guilty in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
The TADA court found Abu Salem guilty under the Arms Act. Salem was found guilty of transporting weapons from Gujarat to Mumbai ahead of the blasts.
The court also pronounced Mustafa Dossa guilty in the blasts case. He has been convicted for his role in "training terrorists" and "supplying arms".
The TADA court has also convicted Karimullah Shaikh.
The court let off one accused Abdul Quayyum due to lack of evidence.
The court also found Firoz Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui and Mohammad Tahir Merchant guilty in the blasts case.
The TADA court will hear the quantum of sentence on June 19.
India's business capital Mumbai was rocked by a series of blasts on March 12th 1993. The blasts ripped through the heart of Mumbai killing 257 people and injuring several hundred others.
The blasts destroyed the Bombay Stock Exchange building, Mandvi Branch Corporation Bank and three hotels - Hotel Sea Rock, Hotel Juhu Centaur and Hotel Airport Centaur including the Air India Building. Zaveri Bazaar was also targeted in the blasts.
After investigating the case, Indian authorities found the 'D-company' - Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memon and Yakub Memon as the masterminds behind the blasts. Yakub Memon was hanged two years ago but India continues to hunt for Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon.