Indian court pronounces death penalty to 2, lifer to 2 in 1993 Mumbai blasts case

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/7 17:13:51

A court in India's western state of Maharashtra Thursday pronounced death sentences to two people and life imprisonment to two others in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case that killed 257 people, officials said.

The special Terrorist and Disruptive Activity (TADA) court handed over death penalty to Tahir Merchant and Feroz Khan, while as prominent gangster Abu Salem and another person Karimullah Khan was given a life sentence.

The 15th convict Riaz Siddiqui has been sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment, while as the sixth person Mustafa Dossa had died ahead of sentence.

Salem, who was a prime suspect in the 1993 Mumbai bombings, was arrested in Portugal in 2002.

He was extradited to India in 2005 and has been in prison since then.

The court in June this year found six individuals guilty in the serial blasts that rocked India's financial capital in 1993, killing 257 and wounding over 700.

In 2006, the special anti-terror court convicted 100 people for the blasts. Twelve were given the death penalty and 20 others sentenced for life.

India's prominent film actor Sanjay Dutt was the most high-profile among the convicts.

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