New Delhi: The anti-terrorism squad (ATS) on Friday arrested Ahmed Mohammed Lambu, a key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, from Valsad in Gujarat.
Lambu, said to be a close aide of terror mastermind Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested in an operation carried out late Thursday night. He was charged with criminal conspiracy and supply of arms
A special TADA court pronounced verdict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case in June last year and convicted Abu Salem and five others for “waging a war against the nation”. While Abu Salem was charged with conspiracy and terror activities, the others were found guilty of conspiracy, terrorism, and murder. On the other hand, Abdul Qayyum has been acquitted of all charges.
A few days after the judgment in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, one of the accused Mustafa Dossa died of a heart attack at the JJ Hospital where he was admitted after he complained of chest pain.
As many as 257 people were killed after a series of 12 blasts had rocked Mumbai on March 12, 1993. The Supreme Court in 2013 sentenced Yakub Memon to death while other accused – including Ibrahim and Tiger Memon – have managed to evade arrest until now.