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1993 Mumbai blasts case: TADA court sentences Abu Salem, Karimullah Khan to life in jail

A special TADA court in Mumbai today sentenced Karimullah Khan to life in prison in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case.

Earlier, on 16 June 2017, the court found six individuals Abu Salem, along with Mustafa Dossa, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riaz Siddiqui, Tahir Merchant and Karimullah Khan guilty in the serial blasts, which killed 257.

Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan were given life imprisonment, while Tahir Merchant and Firoz Khan were sentenced to death.

Another accused Riaz Siddiqui too was found guilty in the case but not of conspiracy charges.

Mustafa Dossa died of natural causes soon after the TADA court convicted him and hence, was not present today.

While convicting the six, the court accepted that 1993 Mumbai blasts, in which Dawood Ibrahim is also an accused, were in direct retaliation to the post-Babri Masjid demolition riots that took place in Mumbai and elsewhere.

The blasts took place at quick intervals spanning two hours at the Bombay Stock Exchange, Kalbadevi, Shiv Sena Bhavan, Air India building at Nariman Point, Fishermen’s Colony in Mahim, Worli Century Bazar, Zaveri Bazar, Hotel SeaRock in Bandra, among other places.

The Mumbai serial blasts had left 257 people dead, 713 others seriously injured, and destroyed properties worth an estimated Rs 27 crore.

This was the first ever terrorist attack in the world where RDX was used on such a large scale after the Second World War.

After the blast, the case was investigated by the Mumbai police but was later handed over to the CBI.

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