Three convicts in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case on Tuesday pleaded before a TADA court for a lesser sentence saying they were dragged into the conspiracy due to circumstances beyond their control and were repenting for their acts.
Shaikh Ali Shaikh Umar, employed in Central Railway as a moulder, said he was repenting for his act and pleaded for leniency. He was convicted on October 6 along with two others.
Shaikh Ali—who was convicted for participating in conspiracy and landing of arms and explosives at Raigad coast and filling RDX in vehicles—said he was asked to commit the terrorist acts by absconding accused Javed Chikna, who promised to help him financially as he was broke in the early 1993.
Another convict Parvez Qureshi told the court that he was unwell and was suffering from a problem of pancreas. He said that to make a living he was selling bananas on a handcart and pleaded for a lesser sentence saying he was ashamed for the mistake committed by him.
Shahid Qureshi, who was convicted for taking part in the landing of arms, said he was not involved in the bomb blast conspiracy. He said he was working in a travel agency and his employer had forced him to take the blame as he (employer) had alleged links with other accused.
"My employer was detained by the police earlier but they let him go because I took the blame and surrendered before the police. This I did because I was promised money to meet the expenses for my sister's marriage and also to spend on my parents illness."
All the three were giving their statements to the judge PD Kode on the quantum of sentence.