Mumbai serial blasts verdict on Abu Salem to be announced

The hearing on the quantum of punishment would commence from Monday.

The prosecution also said that the conspirators held 15 meetings before the execution of the blasts.

The court said Abdul Qayoom Karim Shaikh "is not guilty", as the prosecution had failed to prove the charge of conspiracy and the evidence to hold him is not credible. He organised funds for arms, arranged videos of provocative speeches and arranged for visas for co-accused in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. These arms landed at Shekadi in Raigad district and were brought to Mumbai.

As per the court statement, Mustafa Dossa, Tiger Memon and Chhota Shakeel sorted out preparing camps in Pakistan and in India to give and special weapon and arms preparing and treatment of explosives.

The victims of the blasts have finally got justice after 24 years. "They conspired to have the bomb blasts in Mumbai and planning of riots also for which they made a decision to send the arms and ammunition to Mumbai". Even I nearly shook."Describing the situation in Mumbai after the blasts, Pasricha said that there was panic and numbness all around the city".

The demolition of Babri Mosque in Ayodhya in 1992, resulted in series of riots across the country.

The blasts had claimed 257 lives in the city and left more than 700 grievously injured.

Mustafa Dossa allegedly masterminded the import of explosives in India and sent some men to Pakistan for arms training. However the police did not take him seriously. He, with "vengeful perseverance in his sinew with a view to carry the blueprint of the plan into reality spearheaded the pre-landing arrangements".

The prime targeted locations included the Air India Building, Bombay Stock Exchange, Zaveri Bazar, then existing five star hotels, Hotel SeaRock and Hotel Juhu Centaur, and others leading to public and private property worth Rs 27 crore damaged.

Originally handled by the Mumbai police, the case was handed over to the CBI a month after the attack. Out of them, 100 were convicted. Along with being named in the Mumbai blasts case, he is also accused in a number of other murder and extortion cases.

The Memon family had already escaped to Dubai. They were arrested immediately and tried for involvement in the blasts and found guilty. Memon was executed on July 30, 2015 after his several pleas seeking clemency were rejected, including the post-midnight hearing by Supreme Court on the day he was hanged. His confession led to the arrests of Siddiqui and Shaikh. "Their targets were Indian politicians, high officials and Hindus".

Salem was extradited from Portugal and was accused conspiracy and terror activities including transport and distributions arms and ammunitions. But they were extradited later.

  • Carolyn Briggs