Gangster Abu Salem was sentenced to life imprisonment today after being convicted in the 1993 bomb blasts. These serial bomb blasts that rocked Mumbai killed over 250 people.
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A special court convicted gangster Abu Salem in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts that killed over 250 and injured over 700 people.
These bomb blasts that took place on Mumbai were a series of 12 blasts on March 12, 1993. The D-gang – gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s gang, orchestrated the attacks through his aides, Tiger Memon and Yakub Memon. Tiger Memon is still wanted and is believed to be in Pakistan.
Here are 5 things you need to know:
1. Abu Salem, who belonged to Dawood Ibrahim’s gang was extradited from Portugal in 2005. He cannot be sentenced to death because of a guarantee that the Indian government gave to the Portuguese.
2. A special court today sentenced him to life imprisonment, also slapping a fine of ₹2,00,000. Salem was the mastermind of the March 12, 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, along with another gangster named Mustafa Dossa who was extradited from UAE.
3. There are number of accused in this case who are the run including Dawood Ibrahim. Yakub Memon, who was also an accused in the case was hanged in 2015, in a historic move. Another accused, Karimullah Khan was been held guilty of the same charges as Salem – including murder and supplying arms and has been sentenced to life imprisonment. Two others, Tahir Merchant and Feroz Khan have been sentence to death. Six other people were convicted by the court in June.
4. The court had recorded the statements of over 800 witnesses in this case! It is said that over the course of a CBI investigation, Salem and three others confessed to their crimes. It was also proved in the court that Salem delivered the weapons to actor Sanjay Dutt, who was convicted of the offence earlier and is now released.
5. When Salem was extradited from Portugal, along with him his then girlfriend, Monica Bedi was also extradited. The Interpol had arrested them in Lisbon, Portugal. Bedi was also a contestant on the season of Big Boss – the TV show. Recently, Salem was in the news for having married a Mumbra based woman.