Mumbai: 1993 Mumbai serial blast convict Abdul Gani Turk died in GMC Hospital of Nagpur on Thursday. Turk, whose death sentence was later commuted to a life term, was lodged in Nagpur Central Jail.
The 1993 blasts were a series of 12 bomb explosions in Mumbai on March 12, 1993 which left 257 people dead and over 1,400 injured.
Last year, Gujarat ATS arrested Ahmed Mohammed Lambu, one of the accused, from Valsad. Lambu, considered close to Dawood Ibrahim, was arrested following an operation. He was a part of the ‘Arjun Gang’ in Musafir Khana, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, one of the accused in the serial blasts case, had revealed.
In 2017, a special TADA court pronounced its verdict in the 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 was acquitted of all charges.
Yakub Memon, the sole death row convict and a co-conspirator of Dawood Ibrahim, was executed by hanging in 2015 after his review plea was rejected by Supreme Court. “We have gone through the judgment sought to be reviewed and we have considered the arguments advanced on both sides.”
It said, “As requested, we have also gone through the judgment of the trial court, in order to appreciate the contention on conviction and sentence. We find that all the arguments advanced by the review petitioner have been considered in detail in the judgment which is sought to be reviewed.”