Shaikh convicted for Katha Bazar blast

September 22, 2006 12:00 am | Updated March 22, 2012 12:48 pm IST

Special Correspondent

He could get death penalty or life sentence

He was also involved in Bandra blast Convicted of conspiracy, acquitted on two counts

MUMBAI: The designated Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act court on Thursday convicted Parvez Nazir Ahmed Shaikh in connection with the March 12, 1993 bomb blasts at Katha Bazar and Bandra here. Convicted under Sections 3 (2) (i) and 3 (2) (ii) of TADA, he could get the death penalty or life imprisonment. Shaikh rode a scooter, laden with RDX explosives and a timer device, from the Al Husseini Building at Mahim to Katha Bazar in south Mumbai, where the vehicle exploded at 2.15 p.m, killing four persons and injuring 21. Property worth Rs. 37 lakh was also damaged.

Around 3.10 p.m. Shaikh brought a suitcase, filled with RDX and a timer device, and planted it in room 1840 of Sea Rock Hotel at Bandra. The blast caused damage to the tune of Rs. 9 crore. Shaikh was charged under Section 3 (3) of TADA, in addition to Section 120 (b) of the Indian Penal Code (criminal conspiracy), for taking part in the landing of arms, ammunition and explosives at Shekhadi in Raigad district in February 1993, for having undergone training in use of weapons in Sandheri and Bhorghat, for filling RDX in motor vehicles on the night of March 11 and 12, and transporting arms and ammunition from Jogeshwari to Musafirkhana along with the co-accused.

Judge Kode convicted Shaikh of conspiracy and being involved in the Shekhadi landings and filling RDX in vehicles. The judge acquitted him of the charges on the other two counts.

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