Staff Reporter

Sanjay Dutt summoned to appear today

  • The duo sentenced for active participation in the blast conspiracy
  • Another five get terms ranging from five to 10 years' RI
  • MUMBAI: Two of the seven convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case were sentenced to life imprisonment by the TADA court here on Thursday.

    They were sentenced for active participation in the planning and execution of the conspiracy to cause serial explosions in the city.

    Five others were sentenced to terms ranging from five to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine for their role in landing arms and ammunition, weapons training and possession of hand grenades.

    Special Judge P.D. Kode held Naseer Dhakla guilty of involvement in the conspiracy till March 11, 1993, a day before serial blasts killed 257 and injured over 700 people. Dhakla was sentenced to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 50,000. Apart from taking weapons training in Pakistan, participating in landing and transportation of arms and ammunition, Dhakla was found guilty of filling RDX in the vehicles used in the blasts.

    Prosecution case is that vehicles, including scooters and cars, were filled with RDX on March 11, 1993 at Al- Husseini building where the Memon family stayed. Judge Kode said Dhakla was part of the conspiracy till the time of making vehicle bombs. However, he realised his mistake and pulled out of the actual execution. Another accused, who was given life imprisonment was Ashraf-ur-Rehman. He had stored 85 hand-grenades, 350 detonators and over 3,000 cartridges at Musafir Khana in a busy area of south Mumbai. A fine of Rs. 2 lakh was imposed on him. The court noted that the police had not observed correct procedures in recording his confessional statement and so he could not be awarded the death sentence. Yusuf Khan Kasam and Mohammad Rafiq Biyariwala were sentenced to five years and seven years' RI respectively for their involvement in landing of arms and ammunition used in the explosions at Shekhadi in Konkan. Biyariwala was working as a driver for the main accused Tiger Memon. Another accused also involved in the landing as well as making a trip to Dubai is Shahnawaz Khan. He was sentenced to 10 years RI and a fine of Rs.50,000.

    The court also sentenced Ayub Patel and Asif Sheikh to 10 years and eight years' RI respectively for illegal possession of hand-grenades.

    The court has summoned film actor Sanjay Dutt on Friday.