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1993 Mumbai blasts case: Two more convicted

The TADA court finds them guilty of helping in smuggling of arms and RDX used in the bomb blasts. Your take | Pics

india Updated: Oct 25, 2006 15:56 IST

A TADA court on Thursday held two close associates of prime conspirator Mohammed Dossa guilty of helping in the smuggling of arms and RDX used in the 1993 serial bomb blasts.

Uttam Potdar and Salim Mira Shaikh were held guilty of facilitating landing of arms and RDX at Dighi coast in Raigad in February 1993.

CBI says Tiger Memon and Mohammed Dossa had helped Dawood Ibrahim in engineering the serial blasts in Mumbai on March 12, 1993, in which 257 persons were killed and 713 injured.

As part of the conspiracy, two consignments of arms and RDX landed at Shekhadi and Dighi coasts of Raigad. While Shekhadi landing was organised by Tiger Memon and his men, the Dighi landing was managed by Dossa and his aides.

Both Uttam and Salim were held guilty under Section 3(3) of TADA(P) Act for aiding and abetting terrorist acts and Section 6 for violating provisions of the Arms Act.

However, both were absolved of charges of participating in the conspiracy as there was no evidence to this effect, the court held.

The court held Uttam Potdar guilty of bribing customs and police officers.

Designated judge PD Kode accepted the confession of Uttam and took into consideration the evidence of two eyewitnesses, including a customs officer.