Court holds four guilty in 1993 blasts case
Court holds four guilty in 1993 blasts caseindia Updated: Oct 16, 2006 14:27 IST
A TADA courtin Mumbaion Wednesdayheld two associates of prime absconding accused Tiger Memon and two farmers from Raigad district guilty of various charges in the 1993 blasts case.
Suleiman Mohammad Kasam Ghawte, Tiger's aide was found guilty under the TADA Act for participating in the conspiracy as well as landing and transporting arms and explosives at Shekhadi coast in Raigad on February 3, 1993.
He was also convicted of transporting arms and explosives in a tempo from Shekhadi to Panvel.
However, judge PD Kode acquitted him of charges of receiving arms training in Sandheri village of Raigad district.
The other aide of Tiger, Yusuf Khan alias Qayum Kasam Khan, was also found guilty under the TADA Act of transporting weapons but acquitted on the charge of participating in the conspiracy due to lack of evidence.
The two farmers, Rashid Omar Aluware and Abdul Aziz Gharatkar, were convicted for their complicity in the 1993 blasts.
Gharatkar was found guilty under the TADA Act for participating in operations to land arms and explosives at Shekhadi coast but acquitted of the charge of conspiracy.
Alware was acquitted of charges under TADA but found guilty under the Customs Act for carrying contraband to the house of another accused.
All the four accused were taken into custody after the verdict. They face prison terms ranging from five years to life. With Wednesday's verdict, the court has so far pronounced 39 accused guilty in the case.