Indian court holds 6 men guilty for 1993 Mumbai serial blasts

NEW DELHI (Xinhua) — A special anti-terror court in India’s Mumbai Friday held six Muslim men guilty for their roles in the 1993 serial bomb blasts in the country’s financial capital that killed over 250 people.

Among those convicted of conspiracy and terror activities include underworld don Abu Salem, who fled India after the bombings and was extradited from Portugal in 2005, and Mustafa Dossa, who was extradited from the UAE.

Salem, a former key associate of India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, is currently serving life term in jail for a 20-year-old murder case, which is not connected to the blasts.

The special court will pronounce the quantum of sentence Monday. However, a number of other accused in the case, including Ibrahim, are currently absconding.

The latest convictions in the case were the second leg of a trial that took 25 years to complete.

In the first leg of the trial that concluded in 2007, the court had convicted 100 people, out of which 23 were acquitted. Yakub Memon, the man convicted of plotting and financing the bombings, was executed in 2015.

The terror attacks, a series of 13 blasts in quick succession, ripped through various locations of Mumbai on March 12, 1993, killing 257 people and injuring around 700, and were carried out to avenge the killing of Muslims in communal riots a few months earlier.

The blasts targeted a dozen sites in Mumbai, including the Bombay Stock Exchange, the offices of national carrier Air India and a luxury hotel.