New Delhi, June 1: Ahmed Mohammed Lambu, one of the accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, was on Thursday arrested by the Gujarat ATS in Valsad. Lambu, considered close to Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested following an operation which was conducted late Thursday night. Lambu was a part of the ‘Arjun Gang’ in Musafir Khana, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, one of the accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, had revealed.

Last year in June, a special TADA court pronounced its verdict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and convicted Abu Salem and five others — Mustafa Dossa, Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, Taher Merchant, Riyaz Siddiqui, and Karimullah Khan — on the charges of “waging a war against the nation”. While Abu Salem was convicted on charges of conspiracy and terror activities, the others were charged with conspiracy, terrorism, and murder. Abdul Qayyum has been acquitted of all charges.

A few days after the judgment in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, one of the accused Mustafa Dossa died of a heart attack at the JJ Hospital where he was admitted after he complained of chest pain. Dossa was convicted on the charges of conspiracy, murder, and terror. Lahane confirmed that Mustafa Dossa died of a cardiac arrest a few hours after he was admitted to the hospital.

Another accused in the case, Taher Merchant, died of a heart attack in April 2018. Merchant, who was lodged in the Yerawada Central Jail, suffered a heart attack in the prison around 3 AM and was rushed to a hospital. His body, however, couldn’t respond to the treatment and he died at around 3.45 AM

The 1993 Mumbai blasts took place at different locations including Bombay Stock Exchange building, Fisherman`s Colony in Mahim, Plaza Cinema, Zaveri Bazaar, and Katha Bazaar. The most destructive bomb explosions in Indian history was first of its kind serial-bomb-blasts across the world. The deadly blasts that ripped through Mumbai killed 257 and left nearly 700 injured. The serial blasts destroyed properties worth Rs 27 crores.