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A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Court (TADA) will be pronouncing the quantum of sentence to all the 5 convicts, including Abu Salem on September 7 for their role in the 1993 bomb blasts in Mumbai.
The five convicts named in the charge sheet for their role in the blasts apart from Abu Salem are Firoz Khan, Mohammed Tahir Merchant alias Tahir Taklya, Karimullah Khan and Riyaz Ahmed Siddique. Two months ago, the chargesheet formed by the same court had convicted six people, with the sixth person being Mustafa Dossa. However, Dossa died of a heart attack on June 28. Another accused, Abdul Qayyum, was acquitted of all charges.
While the court held Dossa as being the key conspirator in the Mumbai blasts which killed 257 people, seriously injuring 713 others and destroying properties worth Rs 27 crore, Abu Salem was also considered to be one of the man conspirators. Abu Salem was also found guilty of transporting weapons from Gujarat to Mumbai ahead of the blasts.
The TADA court in the first leg of the trial which concluded in 2007 had convicted 100 accused in the case while 23 persons were acquitted.
The 1993 Mumbai blasts were a series of 12 bomb explosions that took place on March 12, 1993 at the Bombay Stock Exchange, Katha Bazaar, Lucky petrol pump near Sena Bhavan, opposite Passport office near Century Bazaar, Fishermen's colony at Mahim Causeway, at basement of Air India Building, Zaveri Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Plaza Theatre, Centaur Hotel (Juhu), Sahar Airport (Bay no.54) and Centaur Hotel (near airport).
The blasts marked the first ever terrorist attack in the world where RDX (Research Department Explosive i.e cyclotrimethylene trinitramine) was used on such a large-scale after World War II.
According to the prosecution, the conspirators held 15 meetings before the execution of the blasts.