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One more guilty in ?93 blasts case

india Updated: Sep 15, 2006 01:36 IST

A DESIGNATED TADA court on Thursday found Mohammed Shoaib Ghansar, an aide of Tiger Memon, guilty in the 1993 serial-blasts case.

Ghansar was found guilty of parking a scooter laden with RDX at Zaveri Bazaar in south Mumbai. The blast there had killed 17 people and injured over 50.

Judge Pramod Kode also found Ghansar guilty of stuffing RDX in vehicles at prime accused Tiger Memon's Al-Husseini building in Mahim. The vehicles were used to carry out the other explosions on March 12, 1993. The serial blasts had killed 257 people.

The court upheld 14 of the 16 charges levelled against Ghansar by the CBI, including the one that he had helped Tiger Memon flee the country a day before the blasts. He was also found guilty of facilitating the landing of arms and explosives at Shekadi in Raigad district.

Wearing a white kurta-pyjama and with prayer beads in his hands, the 43-year-old Ghansar wept in the witness box when the judgment was pronounced.
During the trial, two eyewitnesses had failed to identify him in court as the person who parked the scooter at Zaveri Bazaar.

The court observed that the conviction was based on corroborative evidence and confessional statements given by Ghansar and other co-accused.

Soon after he was found guilty and the charges were read out to him, Ghansar told the court: “Sir, yeh saab charges galat hai, mera reputation kharab kardoge aap, mein innocent hoon (Sir, these charges levelled against me are false. The conviction will spoil my reputation, I am innocent)”. The judge told him that he will record his arguments on Friday and asked him to leave the witness box.

Ghansar is the fifth of the 123 accused in the case to be convicted. On Tuesday, the court had found Tiger Memon’s brothers Yakub, Yusuf and Essa and sister-in-law Rubina guilty. Three other members of the Memon family — Rahin, Hanifa and Suleman — were acquitted.