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With this ruling, number of guilty has now gone up to seven

  • Asgar who worked as Tiger Memon's manager was the first to be arrested in the bomb blasts case
  • Co-accused Shahnawaz Qureshi held guilty of undergoing weapons training in Pakistan

    MUMBAI: The designated Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court on Monday held two men guilty for the bomb blasts at the Plaza cinema in Dadar on March 12, 1993. Asgar Yusuf Mukadam, 45, who drove a red Maruti van loaded with RDX to Plaza Cinema and his companion Shahnawaz Abdul Kadar Qureshi, 48, were convicted of planting bombs and causing the death of 10 persons, apart from injuring 37. With this ruling, the tally of those held guilty in the 1993 blasts case has now gone up to seven.

    Designated TADA judge P.D. Kode said that Asgar was charged under section 3(3) of TADA for taking part in the landing of arms, ammunition and explosives on February 3 and 7, 1993, at Shekhadi in Raigad district, holding meetings to plan the terrorist act and taking part in the RDX filling operations and collecting money to be disbursed among people who were part of the conspiracy. He was found guilty under section 3(3) of TADA. The judge held both accused guilty under section 120 (b) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which relates to criminal conspiracy. Asgar was the first to be arrested in the bomb blasts case on March 18, 1993.

    Asgar who worked as Tiger Memon's manager, drove the red Maruti van laden with RDX in two suitcases with timer devices from Al Husseini building in Mahim, where the Memon family live, to Plaza cinema. He was accompanied by co-accused Shahnawaz Qureshi. Asgar was also held guilty of abetting and facilitating explosions at the Centaur hotels at Juhu and at the Airport, and at Sea Rock Hotel, Bandra, by accompanying the co-accused persons who planted bombs there. For this too he was held guilty under section 3(3) of TADA for which the sentence can be life sentence or death penalty.

    In the case of Shahnawaz Qureshi, the judge held him guilty of undergoing and taking weapons training in Pakistan in the handling of arms and explosives along with co-conspirators, taking part in the Shekhadi arms and ammunition landings of February 3 and 7, 1993 and also participating in meetings held at the residence of the co-conspirators to chalk out plans for committing terrorist acts. He was also held guilty under section 3(3) of TADA.

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