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Mumbai Blasts
Death for 3
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, July 18
The special court constituted under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act to hear the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case today awarded the death sentence to three persons who planted deadly RDX explosives at various locations across the city.

Judge Pramod Kode of the special court pronounced the death sentence on Abdul Gani Ismail Turk, Pervez Shaikh and Mohammed Mushtaq Tarani for their role in the serial blasts which took place on March 12, 1993.

Turk was an employee of the absconding mastermind, Tiger Memon, at the time of the blasts. He was found guilty of parking a jeep packed with RDX at Century Bazar in Central Mumbaiís Worli.

In all. 113 persons were killed and 227 injured as a result.

Shaikh was found guilty of planting the bomb which went off at Katha Bazar in South Mumbai, the cityís then wholesale grain and spice market, and another that went off at Sea Rock Hotel in Bandra. While the first bomb claimed four lives, the hotel suffered permanent damage.

The third man sentenced to death today, Tarani, was found guilty of parking a vehicle filled with explosives at Sheikh Memon Street in South Mumbai and a suitcase bomb at Centaur Hotel in suburban Mumbai.

In addition to the three sentenced to death, the TADA court sentenced 14 others to life imprisonment for their role in the blasts.

The death sentences will not be carried out immediately, according to legal experts here. The TADA court will have to refer the sentences to the Supreme Court within 30 days.

Public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam felt that the Supreme Court would also uphold the death sentence against the three persons on the weight of the evidence gathered by the investigators.



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