Mumbai, June 20: One of the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts convicts, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, has made a plea for his life on Tuesday. Firoz made a desperate plea for his life in courtroom number 54 of the Civil City and Sessions Court. In his emotional appeal against the court’s decision of capital punishment that lasted for over an hour, Khan said he wants to live for his children.
The 48-year-old is a son of a former Navy officer. Firoz, who was in a royal blue checked shirt, carried a stack of papers. He broke down when his plea got over. Getting teary-eyed, he said, “Mujhe saza-e-maut mat dena”, reports Mumbai Mirror. Firoz made this appeal for life by joining his palms.
In the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, six men were held guilty. They were Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Taher Merchant, Riyaz Siddiqui, and Firoz himself. They were held guilty by the court of Judge GA Sanap. Dossa, Khan, and Merchant are going to face the death penalty.
Firoz in his statement said he didn’t want any preferential treatment and is ready to spend the rest of his life in behind the bars. He said, “But I don’t want to die. My children don’t even know I am incarcerated, I want to live for them.” Firoz also said that his arrest has left his family debt-ridden. He termed his conviction as harsh and said, “I don’t belong (to the place) where I am (at present). I want to look after my kids and be with my father”.
The accused also said that police has mistaken him for his step-brother Hamza and charged him with conspiracy for facilitating the landing of arms and ammunition in the country and also of destroying the excess arms and ammunition. Khan informed that he has done a course on Human Right when he was serving his term at Arthur Road Jail. At the Taloja Central Jail, where he was now kept, he was studying law.
Firoz Khan is charged with executing the landing of arms and ammunitions at Dighi jetty in Raigad, in January 1993. Firoz took care of the landing operations, arranged for the safe-keeping of the consignment and ensured that the arms and ammunition that was not used was destroyed after the Mumbai blasts. Khan is also held guilty for attending one of the conspiracy meetings at Dawood Ibrahim’s residence.