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1993 Mumbai blasts case: Abu Salem, 5 others convicted; 1 acquitted

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Mumbai: A special TADA court in Mumbai on Friday convicted gangster Abu Salem in 1993 Mumbai blasts case. Salem was convicted in the blasts case under charges of conspiracy and terror activities.

The convictions came as part of a judgement today in the second leg of the trial in the serial blasts case involving seven accused by a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act or TADA court in Mumbai.

Apart from Salem, who was extradited from Portugal in 2005, and Dossa, who was extradited from the UAE, the other accused are Mohammed Tahir Merchant alias Tahir Takla, Karimullah Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui and Feroze Abdul Rashid Khan. Salem was accused of transporting weapons from Gujarat to Mumbai. The sentences will be declared on Monday.

Abdul Qayyum Shaikh who has been acquitted had allegedly sent arms and ammunition from abroad which landed at Dighi jerry and sold a licensed revolver to Sanjay Dutt in September 1992.

In the first leg of the trial that concluded in 2007, the anti-terrorism court had convicted 100 people, out of which, 23 were acquitted. In 2015, Yakub Memon was hanged in connection with the same case.

Abu Salem, who was accused of transporting weapons from Gujarat to Mumbai, was arrested in Portugal in 2002. He was also responsible for giving weapons to actor Sanjay Dutt, who was accused in the case for the illegal possession of an AK-56 rifle, 250 bullets and some hand grenades at his residence on January 16, 1993.

A series of 13 blasts in quick succession ripped through various locations of India’s financial capital on March 12, 1993 and the suburbs killing 257 people and injuring around 700.

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