4 more convicted in '93 blasts case

The court also summons co-accused actor Sanjay Dutt to be present before it on Wed, reports Mustafa Plumber.

india Updated: Oct 17, 2006 19:21 IST

The special TADA court on Monday convicted four persons Muzamil Umar Kadri, Khalil Ahmed Sayyed Nazir and Gulam Hafeez Shaikh and Tusiram Surve who was a government servant for facilitating Tiger Memon in landing the arms and ammunition at Shekhadi and transporting it to Mumbai. While the court also acquitted another accused Anant Bhoir for lack of evidence who was charged with the same counts.

Surve is the sixth government servant to be held guilty by Judge Pramod Kode for their role in the 1993 serial blast case, earlier four police attached to the Shrivardhan police station were held guilty.

Surve wearing a cream colour shirt looked calm as he entered the dock, he was the watchman of the high security Wangani microwave tower in Raigad district before the Shrivardhan police arrested him in the case. Surve has been convicted for allowing Tiger Memon use of government property by Tiger for assembling arms and reloading them in jeeps and tempos for distribution. The court also held him guilty of concealing 59 bags of RDX in his agriculture field in Raigad district.

The court convicted Surve based on the confessional statement given by him and of other co-accused and also on the evidence given by prosecution witnesses. However, the court acquitted him of the charge of conspiracy for lack of evidence.

The court also convicted Muzzamil Kadri who was also charged with facilitation in the landing and transportation of arms and ammunition. He was also convicted for the charge of possessing 13 Ak-56 rifles and 26 magazines in his possession at his house in Raigad and also in conspiracy.

The next in dock was accused Khalil Nazir who was also convicted for the same charges of conspiracy and landing and transportation of arms and ammunition into Mumbai from Shekhadi.

Judge Kode also convicted Ghulam Hafiz Shaikh alias Baba alias Mechanic Chahcha for string of arms and ammunition at his garage in Mumbai and facilitating in the transportation of them into the city. Shaikh was so sure of the conviction that he pleaded on last Thursday before the court to postpone the delivery of judgment against him, as he wanted to meet his daughter and son-in-law who were coming to his house.

The last person to enter the dock was Anant Bhoir a semi government official from Thane. Bhoir was working as a police Patil (person who has powers similar to a police at Tehshil level and is paid a monthly honorium by the government) at the Bhayander Pada village in Thane district. Bhoir was charged of disposing of 50 bags of RDX stocked in the godown of co-accused Noor Mohammed Khan into the Nagla Bunder creek using his dumper.

Judge Kode did not accept Bhoir's confession and observed that the police had not given proper warning to the accused before recording the confession and it seems that it is an extracted confession.

The TADA court has till now pronounced judgment against 64 accused of which it has acquitted 17 of them and convicted 47 accused. There are a total of 123 accused facing verdict in the case.

The Special TADA court has summoned actor Sanjay Dutt and other co-accused who are out on bail to be present before the court on Wednesday for a regular attendance of the court. The accused had been given exemption by the court since the verdict commenced from September 12, against 123 accused.


First Published: Oct 16, 2006 18:57 IST