A special TADA court on Friday convicted 1993 Mumbai serial blasts accused Firoz Khan under charges of conspiracy and murder under sections of the IPC, TADA and Explosives Act.
The trial involved seven accused, including gangster Abu Salem. The terror attacks left 257 people dead, 713 seriously injured and destroyed property worth ₹27 crore.
In the trial’s first leg that concluded in 2007, the TADA court had convicted 100 accused in the case, while 23 people were acquitted. The trial of the seven accused — Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui, Tahir Merchant and Abdul Quayyum —was separated from the first leg as they were arrested at the time of its conclusion.
In September 2006, 20 of them were awarded life sentences, while 12 were sentenced to death. In 2013, 10 of the 12 awaiting capital punishment had their sentences commuted to life imprisonment.