1993 Mumbai blasts verdict: Who is Abu Salem, his role in blasts
Abu Salem is one of the six convicts in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.The TADA court will announce the quantum of punishment on Thursday. The series of blasts in the financial capital of India claimed 257 lives and left 713 grievously injured.
Abu Salem was born in a lower-middle-class family in Sarai Mir village of Azamgarh district, Uttar Pradesh. However, there is no clarity on the date of birth. According to the CBI he was born in 1969; although the Mumbai police says, 1962 and some reports suggests 1968.
Salem worked in the Dawood Ibrahim gang as a driver transporting weapons and contraband. He introduced a new strategy of hiring unemployed Muslim youths from his hometown Azamgarh to come to Mumbai, execute shoot-outs and return to Azamgarh the next day remaining untraced by the Mumbai police.
Salem is infamous for terrorizing the Bollywood film industry by extorting money from film producers and usurping the overseas distribution rights
Abu Salem, Monica Bedi sentenced to jail in Portugal
Abu Salem and his girl friend Monica Bedi were arrested on 20 September 2002 in Lisbon, Portugal. Both were extradited to India on November 11, 2005, after a prolonged legal battle in Portugal that went on for three years.
What TADA court said about Abu Salem?
According to Indiatoday reports, Salem was close to Anees Ibrahim and Mustafa Dossa (he died due to heart attack in July 2017). He went to Bharuch to get arms and ammunition, and brought to Mumbai, where the haul was stored in the suburb of Bandra. On Anees' instruction gave it to actor Sanjay Dutt (he served time in jail for possession of arms) and others.
Salem then went back to Dutt and recovered the arms. The arms and ammunition were part of the goods that were sent from outside of India and had landed in Mumbai via the sea route.
The use of these weapons was to terrorise. He wilfully, consciously, deliberately gave it to Sanjay Dutt, Baba Chauhan and others to spread terror in keeping with the conspiratorial design. After the blasts these arms were kept at Bandra resident Zaibunnissas's house, said the report.