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3 more get death for 1993 Mumbai blasts

Asgar Mukadam, Shahnawaz Qureshi and Shoeibh Ghansar get death sentence, reports Mustafa Plumber.
Hindustan Times | By Mustafa Plumber, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2007 03:13 PM IST

A day after Special TADA Judge Pramod Kode sentenced three bomb planters to death, he handed the same verdict to three more in the 1993 serial blasts case.

On Thursday, the court sentenced Asgar Mukadam (48), Shahnawaz Qureshi (44) and Shoeibh Ghansar (44) to the maximum punishment "for actively participating in the blast conspiracy and planting bombs which lead to the death of many people". The court observed that the case falls in the 'rarest of rare' category.

That fateful day

The 1993 bombings were a series of thirteen bomb blasts that took place in Bombay (now Mumbai), on March 12, 1993. The coordinated attacks were the most destructive bomb explosions in the history of India. The single-day attacks resulted in over 250 civilian deaths and 700 injuries. The attacks are suspected to have been coordinated by notorious underworld don DawoodIbrahim. It is believed that the attacks were carried out in retaliation for the destruction of the historic Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, which resulted in nationwide riots that led to the deaths of hundreds of Muslims and Hindus.

The first to be sentenced was Mukadam, prime conspirator Tiger Memon's accountant. He and Qureshi had parked an RDX-laden car in Plaza theatre's parking lot in Dadar. Ten people died in the blast.

Qureshi, a slumlord in Bandra, got the death penalty on three counts of conspiracy, planting a bomb and murder.

Ghansar, who had parked an RDX-laden scooter at Zaveri Bazaar, was next. Seventeen people died in the blast. A salesman at Heera Panna Shopping Centre, Asgar had introduced him to the conspiracy much later. He said: "Allah paar bharosa hai abhi bhi.... appeal toh zaroor karunga (I still have faith in God... I will definitely appeal)."

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