Five more sentenced for '93 blasts
Mustafa Plumber, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, May 23, 2007
First Published: 13:51 IST(23/5/2007)
Last Updated: 01:18 IST(24/5/2007)
The Special Terrorist And Disruptive Activities (prevention) court on Wednesday sentenced five people for their roles in the 1993 serial blasts case.
Special Judge Pramod Kode sentenced landing operations in-charge Uttam Potdar and Mohammed Kasam Lajpuria to 14 and 10 years' rigorous
imprisonment respectively and fined them Rs. 1.5 lakh each for helping the blasts' prime conspirators in landing the consignment of arms and ammunition at Dighi jetty in Raigad. The arms and ammunition were later transported in to the city.
Landing agent Sajjad Allam was sentenced to seven years' rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs. 50,000 while Abdul Aziz Gharatkar, who helped in landing the arms and ammunition, was given six years' rigorous imprisonment and asked to pay a fine of Rs. 50,000.
Of all the convicts who were sentenced on Wednesday, Judge Kode came down heavily on Tulsiram Surve, who was the watchman at the Wangini watchtower where the arms and ammunition were kept overnight.
Awarding a sentence of nine years' RI and a fine of Rs. 55,000 to Surve, Judge Kode said: "Who were you serving Mr Surve, the government or the smugglers?"