The 1993 bomb blasts in Mumabi rocked the city with a series of twelve explosions with 257 deaths and injured 713 people. The blasts were in retaliation to the earlier riots that resulted in the deaths of Muslims. It remains the most destructive bombing in the Indian history and was also the first of its kind serial-bomb-blasts across the world. One of the conspirators was Abu Salem who has been sentenced to Life Imprisonment.
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A Mumbai special court was slated to announce the quantum of sentence against Abu Salem and four other convicts- Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, Taher Merchant, Karimullah Khan and Riyaz Siddiqui.
The updates of the sentence are as follows
- Taher Merchant and Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan gets death sentence as they were the main conspirators.
- Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan sentenced for life imprisonment.
- Riyaz Siddiqui gets 10 years in prison. He had been found not guilty of conspiracy.
The court also ordered Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan to pay a fine of Rs 2 lakh. With the help of 750 prosecution witnesses and 50 witnesses, Abu Salem and three others were found guilty of the conspiracy of the bomb blasts.
Abu Salem, accused of transporting weapons from Gujarat to Mumbai, was arrested in Portugal in 2002. The court had dropped certain charges against Salem in 2013 after the CBI said those charges went against the extradition treaty between India and Portugal.
Salem has been convicted under stringent sections of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act or TADA.