Mumbai Blasts 2003: All 3 Accused Guilty, Rules Court

All three accused in the twin blasts at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar in south Mumbai have been held guilty by a special Pota court. In the blasts triggered six years ago, 52 people were killed and 184 injured. The sentence will be announced on August 4.

The special Pota court announced its decision against three of the four accused – Haneef Sayyed (46), an auto driver, his wife Fahmeeda (43) and Ashrat Ansari (32). It might be mentioned that the four accused has been made an approver.

A total of 103 witnesses were examined in the court. For the last six years, Fahmeeda is lodged at the Byculla women’s prison while the two men have been kept at the Arthur Road jail.

It should be noted that this is the biggest judgement in a terror-related case since a Tada court convicted 100 people for the 1993 serial blasts case in 2007.

The crime branch had said that the blasts were engineered by members of the “Gujarat Muslim Revenge Force’” to avenge the Gujarat riots. The conspiracy for the blasts was hatched in Dubai, the police claimed.

The accused told the police that they planned the blasts in retaliation against “atrocities on Muslims” in Gujarat.

The police arrested six persons, including a 16-year-old girl, but a court later acquitted her. Two other accused, Ansari Ladoowala and Hasan Batterywala, were discharged from the case after a Pota review committee gave them a clean chit. The police claimed to have recovered 750 gm of RDX from Batterywala’s auto repair shop in Kurla and two detonators from Ladoowala’s house in November 2003. The cops also claimed that

Nasir Ahmed, the main conspirator, was killed in an encounter on September 12, 2003, near Matunga.

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