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Mumbai serial blasts convict Mustafa Dossa dies of cardiac arrest

Mustafa Dossa

Mumbai: Mumbai serial blasts convict Mustafa Dossa died in Mumbai on Wednesday, a day after the CBI sought the death penalty for him and another perpetrator.

Dossa was admitted to Mumbai’s JJ Hospital on Tuesday after he complained of chest pain. He is also said to have suffered from hypertension and diabetes.

On Tuesday, the CBI had sought capital punishment for Dossa, arguing 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.

The court, in the second leg of the trial in the blasts case, 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accused, including Dossa and extradited gangster Abu Salem, under the charges of murder, conspiracy and sections of now repealed TADA, while the sixth accused Riyaz Siddiqui was convicted only under TADA Act.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.

As many as 257 people were killed in the co-ordinated blasts that ripped through the city on March 12, 1993.

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