2 get life term in 1993 serial blasts case
The TADA Court on Tuesday sentenced Imtiyaz Ghawte and Nasim Barmare to life imprisonment for the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai. While Ghawte was found guilty of having planted an unexploded scooter bomb in Central Mumbai, Barmare was convicted for throwing hand grenades at the Sahar Airport.
Ghawte, was convicted in November last for having participated in the Shekhadi landing of arms and explosives prior to the blasts and planting a RDX-laden scooter at the busy Dhanji Street in Central Mumbai, which failed to explode.
Ghawte had been convicted under the TADA (P) Act, conspiracy and attempt to murder under the IPC, the Explosive Substances Act and the Explosives Act. Special Judge PD Kode also ordered him to pay a fine of Rs 2.77 lakh.
Barmare was found guilty for being party to the conspiracy but he was spared the death sentence as there was no death or damage to property consequent to his actions.
The special judge also ordered him to pay a fine of Rs 2.30 lakhs.
The court has so far sentenced 77 of the 100 found guilty of participating in carrying out the serial blasts in the city on March 12, 1993 that killed 257 people and injuring over 700.
While sentencing Ghawte to two concurrent life sentences, Special judge PD Kode observed that it was only due to the grace of God that this scooter had not exploded.
Ghawte, who is HIV-positive, has sought to stay in a the Arthur Road jail expressing fear that he may not receive proper medical treatment on account of his condition.
Earlier, former customs official Somnath Thapa who was to be sentenced today by the court failed to appear stating that he was suffering from viral fever while he is already a cancer patient.