1993 Mumbai blasts: Death for 2, Abu Salem, Karimullah get life term
A special TADA court on Thursday awarded death sentence to two convicts Feroz Khan and Taher Merchant in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. Gangster Abu Salem and another convict Karimullah Khan were sentenced to life imprisonment. The court fined both Abu Salem and Karimullah Rs 2 lakh.
Another convict Riyaz Siddiqui was also sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment and fined Rs 10,000. Siddiqui has one more sentencing pending for the murder of Pradeep Jain. It is posted for tomorrow.
Ujjwal Nikam, Public Prosecutor in the case, said " The convicts will get set-off for the time they have served in jail."
Convicts will get set-off for the time they have served in jail: Ujjwal, Public Prosecutor on 1993 Mumbai Blasts case sentence pic.twitter.com/WEpaF0PzcU— ANI (@ANI) September 7, 2017
All the convicts have been given sentences for different offences and all punishments will run concurrently, said the court.
The court also said that the CBI shall extend all cooperation for awarding compensation to the victims of 1993 serial blasts.
The sixth convict in the case, Mustafa Dossa, died after the special public prosecutor Deepak Salve began his arguments on quantum of sentence and sought capital punishment for him.
The TADA court, on 16 June 2017, had found six individuals guilty in the case. Only Abdul Qayyum Shaikh had been acquitted by the court.
The serial of blasts in the financial capital of India claimed 257 lives and left 713 grievously injured.