1993 Mumbai Blasts Case Final Verdict: Abu Salem Sentenced To Life In Jail

Sonali Gupta

On March 12, 1993, the serial blasts in the city killed around 257 people left 713 people injured and destroyed property worth Rs.27 crore.

With regards to that blast, Gangster Abu Salem and Karim Ullah Khan sentenced to life in jail whereas Tahir merchant and Feroze Khan are sentenced to death after being convicted of 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

The court had convicted Abu Salem, Karim Ullah, Tahir and Feroze on the charges of criminal conspiracy, murder and indulging in acts of terrorism that cause death.

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Deepak Salvi, CBI public prosecutor said “Salem’s life sentence will be converted to 25 years in prison only if government commutes it”

The special Terrorist and Disruptive Activity (TADA) court on Thursday gave a verdict that Karimullah Khan and Abu Salem is awarded life sentence and fine of Rs 2 lakh, Tahir Merchant and Feroz Khan is awarded death penalty, Riaz Siddiqui is awarded ten years in prison.

Salem’s lawyer, Sudeep Passbola, repeatedly kept on saying that his client was not the part of the conspiracy nor there is any evidence that says Salem attended the meetings where the blasts were plotted.

 Salem and Karimullah have been held guilty of murder, supplying arms and other serious offenses.

Salem transported arms and ammunition from Gujarat to Mumbai and was arrested in Portugal in 2002. He was also responsible for giving weapons to actor Sanjay Dutt, who was accused in the case for the illegal possession of an AK-56 rifle, 250 bullets at his residence on January 16, 1993.

The court recorded the witness of around 800 witnesses. All of them have confessed to their crime during the investigation carried out by CBI over the years.

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