The special TADA court on Wednesday convicted three Tiger Memon aides Issaq Hajwani, his son Sikander Hajwani and Shanwaz Hajwani, all residents of Mahshal village in Raigad district, for participating in training in arms and ammunition organised by Tiger Memon.
Wearing a white kurta-pyjama, the first in the dock was 77-year-old Issaq who was arrested on April 1, 1993 and released on bail in 1995. Judge Pramod Kode found him guilty on all the charges levelled against him of conspiracy, undergoing training in arms and ammunition and firearms at Sandheri and the possession of 13 hand grenades and later trying to dispose them off by throwing them in the sea near the Gandharwadi village.
As Judge Kode handed down the judgment, Issaq who is now unemployed started shouting at the judge. “Mazakai dosh nahin hai, tumhala sagla mahiti aheye tarhi tumhe malaa doshi dila ahee. Majha vay jail madhe jaana sarkha nahin hai, tarhi tumhi takta aheye, mein ek heart patient aheye, tumhale hai he mahit aheeye”, (I am innocent, you know it very well, still you have held me guilty. I am a senior citizen and not of the age to be spent in jail but still you have put me inside. I also have a heart ailment, you know that).
This is when Judge Kode stopped him and told him to say what ever he wanted to on Thursday when his statement would be recorded on the quantum of sentence. Agitated with such a reply Issaq shouted back at the judge saying “Malla Phashi dya maala phasi dya”, (Hang me to death). Judge Kode directed the police to take him away from the dock.
Next in the dock was Shahnawaz Hajwane, resident of the same village who was convicted for charges of undergoing training at Sandheri, but acquitted of the charge of conspiracy.
After that, the judge called accused number 111 Sikander in the dock. Wearing a white shirt, Sikander stood calmly in the dock. The court held him guilty under charges of training in arms at Sandheri but acquitted him of conspiracy and possession of 13 hand grenades and disposal of the same in the sea. The court observed that the hand grenades were possessed and disposed by accused number 79 Issaq and not this accused.
Similar to his father, Sikander also started yelling at the Judge. “Police walyani phasawla ahe malla, phasi dya malla ”, (Police have falsely implicated me. Hang me to death).
The court directed the police to take the three in custody. The TADA court has till now pronounced judgments against 72 accused of which 53 accused have been convicted and 19 have acquitted.