A SPECIAL TADA court hearing the 1993 Mumbai blasts case on Monday convicted two men of causing an explosion at a cinema hall in Dadar.
Asgar Mukadam, a former accountant of prime accused Tiger Memon, and his aide Shahnawaz Abdul Kader Qureshi were found guilty of parking near Plaza cinema an RDX-laden car which exploded at 3.15 p.m. on March 12, 1993, killing 10 people and injuring 36. Mukadam was driving the car while Qureshi accompanied him.
The court also held Qureshi, a butcher in Bandra, guilty of receiving arms training in Pakistan. This is the first judicial finding by Judge P.D. Kode on an accused obtaining training in a neighbouring country.
Mukadam was found guilty of conspiracy, planting the vehicle at the theatre and helping other accused plant explosixves at three five-star hotels -- Sea Rock (Bandra), Centaur (Juhu) and Centaur (Airport). No one died in these blasts but the damage was estimated at Rs 13.1 crore. They were convicted under the TADA (P) Act, IPC, Explosive Substances Act 1908 and the Explosives Act 1884.
Though police had no documentary evidence to prove Qureshi was trained in Pakistan, his confessional statement and the statement of an accused-turned-approver, who was flown by Tiger Memon to Islamabad, were enough, said CBI sources. The court had earlier convicted five others of the blasts that killed 257 people.