'93 blasts: Close aide of Tiger convicted
A Tada court convicts Mohammed Farooq Pawle for conspiracy and for causing explosions at Air India building and near Shiv Sena Bhavan, killing 24 persons.india Updated: Oct 16, 2006 14:27 IST
A Tada court on Monday convicted Mohammed Farooq Pawle, close associate of prime accused Tiger Memon, for conspiracy in the 1993 bomb blast case and for causing explosions at Air India building and near Shiv Sena Bhavan, killing 24 persons.
Pawale was held guilty of parking a car at the rear end of Air India building in front of the Oman Bank, which exploded, killing 20 persons and injuring 84 on March 12,1993.
He was also held guilty of parking an explosive-laden van between Sena Bhavan and Lucky petrol pump that killed four persons and injured 50.
Pawale was held guilty of 23 charges, including attending conspiracy meetings, visiting Pakistan for arms training, surveying blast targets, filling RDX in vehicles and planting cars at Air-India building and in the vicinity of Sena Bhavan.
Judge PD Kode convicted him under the provisions of IPC, Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, Exlposive Substances Act, Explosives Act and Damage to Property Act.
The court said it had accepted confessions of Pawle and approver Mohammed Usman Jaan Khan, besides considering an eyewitness' account while convicting the accused.
Pawle is the 32nd person to be convicted by the TADA court in this case, 12 have been acquitted and the case dropped against Tiger's father Abdul Razak Memon as he died in jail during the course of the trial.
Pawle faces punishment ranging from five years to life imprisonment and even a death sentence.
Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said the conviction is considered important as Pawle was involved in various stages of the conspiracy.