A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activity (TADA) Court sentenced Tahir Merchant and Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan to death and Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan to life in the 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blasts Case today. Both have been asked to pay a fine of Rs 2 lakh each. The other convict Riyaz Siddiqui has been sentenced for 10 years. One convict Mustafa Dossa died of cardiac arrest on June 28.
The court had convicted six people, including the mastermind of the attack Mustafa Dossa and Abu Salem on June 16 this year. Arguments over the degree of sentences continued after the conviction in June and concluded on August 10.
All the accused were facing multiple charges like criminal conspiracy, waging war against the government and murder of people. This was the second leg of the trial – in the first leg that concluded in 2007, the TADA court had convicted 100 accused in the case, while 23 people were acquitted.
The Mumbai blast of March 12, 1993, resulted in 257 fatalities and over 700 were injured. The attacks were planned by Dawood Ibrahim, India’s ‘most wanted’ fugitive who also has his name prominently figuring on the ‘most wanted’ lists of the US and the Interpol.