TADA court holds Ghansar guilty for Zaveri blast
Mumbai, Sept 14: The designated TADA court here today pronounced Mohammad Shoaib Ghansar, accused of parking a scooter laden with RDX at Zaveri Bazar, guilty for his involvement in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts.
Judge Kode upheld Ghansar's original confession, even though he had retracted it and found him guilty of criminal conspiracy.
Special Public Prosecutor Ujjal Nikam told sources that Ghansar has been convicted under various sections of the TADA Act, the Indian Penal Code and the Explosives Act. He now faces death or life imprisonment, he added.
Judge Kode also found him guilty of facilitating the escape of prime accused and master-mind, Tiger Memon on the fateful night of March 12. Ghansar had fetched Tiger Memon's passport' ticket and boarding pass at the Sahar airport.
The timer-device detonator planted by Ghansar exploded at 1505 hrs killing 17 people, injuring 57 and destroying property worth Rs 1.2 crore.
Ghansar, who was wearing a white kurta and pyjama, was seen chanting some prayers during the delivery of the verdict.
Judge Kode will be pronouncing his verdict on another accused, Asghar Yusuf Mukadam alias Munna, who had driven a red colour Maruti laden with RDX to the compound of Plaza cinema theatre. The pencil timer-detonator claimed 10 lives and injured 39 people and damaged property to the tune of Rs 87 lakh.
The fate of another accused, Abdul Gani Ismail Turk, who had allegedly parked a jeep at the Century Bazar in Worli, will also be decided. The blast at Worli was the deadliest, as it resulted in the death of 113 people and injured 227 others. Property worth Rs 2.4 crore was damaged in this blast.