Mumbai: TADA court today convicted Abu Salem and five others in the Mumbai blast case. The 1993 blasts had left 257 people dead, 713 seriously injured and destroyed properties worth Rs. 27 crore.
In the first leg of the trial 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 — were separated from the main case as they were arrested at the time of conclusion of the main trial.
There were accusations on Abu Salem that he was responsible for transporting weapons from Gujarat to Mumbai. He also handed over to actor Sanjay Dutt, who was an accused in the case for illegally possessing weapons, AK 56 rifles, 250 bullets and some hand grenades at his residence on January 16, 1993. Two days later on January 18, 1993, Abu Salem and two others went to Sanjay Dutt’s house and got back two rifles and some rounds.
The court had dropped certain charges against Abu Salem in 2013 after the investigating agency –CBI– moved a plea, saying those charges were against the extradition treaty between India and Portugal.