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Supplementary chargesheet against Salem filed in TADA court

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Mumbai, Mar 1 (UNI) The Prosecution today filed a supplementary chargesheet against extradited gangster Abu Salem and his associate Riaz Siddique for their alleged involvement in the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai and in supplying arms to Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt.

As many as 256 people were killed and hundreds injured in 12 serial blasts on March 12, 1993 in Mumbai. The first blast had occurred in the basement of the Bombay Stock Exchange.

CBI Special Public Prosecutor Ujjawal Nikam filed a 84-page supplementary chargesheet against duo and also submitted a list of 15 witnesses in the TADA court of Mr P D Kode.

Mr Nikam requested the judge to conceal the identity of the witnesses as their lives were in danger.

Talking to mediapersons outside the court, Mr Nikam said in January 1993, Anees Ibrahim, younger brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, had directed Riaz Siddique to fetch arms and ammunition from Bharuch in Gujarat to Mumbai. This arsenal was used in causing mayhem in the country's financial capital.

Earlier, the TADA court had seperated the trial of Mohammed Ahmed Dorsa alias Mustafa Majnu and Ijaz Patan, brought from Dubai by CBI last year, from the main trial which concluded last year.

It remains to be seen if Salem and Siddique will be tried separately.

Salem has already recorded his confessional statement before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate about his involvement in the crime and also of the delivery of an AK-56 rifle to cine star Sanjay Dutt, an undertrial in the TADA case.

Salem has also been booked for his alleged involvement in the murder of city builder Pradeep Jain and Manisha Koirala's former secretary Ajit Diwani. In both the cases, Salem made confessions, but later retracted, alleging they were recorded under duress.

UNI ST-ADG SA RR KP1706

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