C Times, 7th September 2017, Agartala
A special TADA court pronounced the quantum of sentence for the convicts in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case today. Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan were given life imprisonment, while Tahir Merchant and Firoz Khan were sentenced to death. The court, on 16 June 2017, found six individuals guilty in the serial blasts, which killed 257.
The mastermind of the 1993 serial blasts which had killed 257 and injured 713 people, Mustafa Dossa had been convicted by the Court on June 16 this year. The case against Mustafa Dossa was closed because he died on June 28 while the sentencing arguments were going on in court.
The CBI had claimed that the role of Dossa was “more severe” than Yakub Memon, who was hanged in July 2015 in the same case. The CBI had also claimed that Dossa, Merchant and Feroz, were “main conspirators”.
Since under the extradition treaty with Portugal, Salem cannot have been given death sentence, the court decided to sentence him to life imprisonment
Apart from Salem, the court had also convicted Mohammed Tahir Merchant alias Tahir Takla, Karimullah Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui and Feroze Abdul Rashi Khan.