Mumbai, June 16: The fate of seven accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blast case will be decided today. A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Prevention Act (TADA) court will on Friday pronounce its judgment in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. The accused facing trial are extradited gangsters Abu Salem, Mustafa Dosa, Karimullah Khan, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui, Tahir Merchant and Abdul Quayyum. They allegedly played important roles in the conspiracy and planning of the serial blasts to its execution.
Though the hearing in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case began in 2007, it was delayed as three petitions were pending before the Supreme Court, one each filed by Mustafa Dossa and Abu Salem, and another by CBI. The trial against the seven accused in the case started in 2012. The trial of the said seven persons was kept separate as they were arrested later. The trial has seen 64 prosecuted witnesses while 48 defence witnesses have also been presented in court.
On March 12, 1993, Mumbai city was rocked by a series of 12 bomb explosions that took place one after another in about a span of two hours. The explosions took place at Bombay Stock Exchange, Katha Bazaar, Lucky petrol pump near Sena Bhavan, opposite Passport office near Century Bazaar, Fishermen’s colony at Mahim Causeway, at the 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). In the blast 257 people were found dead, 713 seriously injured and properties worth `27 crore were destroyed. Till now 100 accused have been convicted so far in the case.