'93 blasts: 2 convicted, one acquitted

A TADA court convicts Nasir Dhakla and and Mohammed Rafiq Usman Shaikh who underwent training in Pak.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2006 17:22 IST

A TADA court on Thursday convicted two prime accused for complicity in the 1993 serial bomb blasts case but acquitted another as prosecution failed to prove its case against him.

Nasir Abdul Kadar Keval alias Nasir Dhakla and Mohammed Rafiq Usman Shaikh were found guilty of undergoing arms training in Pakistan and attending conspiracy meetings at the residence of co-accused.

Nasir was also found guilty of participating in landing of arms and explosives in coastal Raigad district before the blasts. He, however, was acquitted of the charge of filling RDX in vehicles planted at various places in the metropolis on March 12, 1993.

The court accepted their confessions as well as those of the co-accused while implicating the duo. Judge PD Kode also considered the evidence of an eye witness, who identified Nasir in arms-landing operations.

The judge also held that Nasir had particpated in the blast conspiracy "up to a particular point".

However, another accused Mohammed Ahmed Mansoor was acquitted of the charge of facilitating terrorist acts by making arrangements for the co-accused to obtain arms training in Pakistan.

The prosecution failed to prove that he received the co-accused at Dubai airport and sent them to Pakistan for arms training.

First Published: Oct 05, 2006 14:18 IST