Wednesday, March 27, 2013

1993 Mumbai serial blasts case: SC upholds death sentence of Yakub Memon, calls him mastermind of terror strike

NEW DELHI March 21, 2013 : The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence of Yakub Abdul Razzak Memon in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. The apex court said Yakub, younger brother of Tiger Memon, was the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. The Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of 10 other accused to life imprisonment. The court observed that the other 10 accused were mere 'arrows in the hands of archers in the shape of Yakub, Tiger Memon and Dawood Ibrahim'. The SC said though these 10 parked explosive laden vehicles at places in Mumbai, they were mere pawns and deserved life sentence. The apex court severely criticized Pakistan for training and arming terrorists, who caused mayhem in Mumbai. SC said Pakistan's ISI was singularly responsible for training the accused and equipping them to cause the bomb blasts in Mumbai. Islamabad owes an explanation not only to India but also to the entire world for the terror strike, the SC said condemning Pakistan's role. SC also severely criticized Mumbai police, custom department officials and coast guards for failing to check the transportation of sophisticated weapons and RDX into India. Their greed and lack of honesty and integrity not only resulted in huge loss of lives but also caused a serious set back to India's economy, the SC said. The apex court awarded five years sentence to Yusuf Nulwala. The court allowed Samire Hingora to come out of prison as he had already served 6 and a half years, the sentence it imposed on him. A bench of Justice PS Sathasivam and BS Chauhan read out in one and a half hours the excerpts of the vouminous judgement. As many as 257 people were killed and 713 injured in the serial blasts that rocked 12 locations in Mumbai on March 12, 1993. Property worth Rs 30 crore was damaged in the terror strike.  The fishermen's colony at Mahim Causeway, Bombay Stock Exchange, Zaveri Bazar, Plaza Cinema in Dadar, Century Bazaar in Worli, Hotel Sea Rock, Sahar Airport, Air India building, Hotel Juhu Centaur and a petrol pump opposite the Sena Bhavan were some of the places that were targeted. According to the CBI, fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, along with Pakistant's ISI, engineered the blasts, and Tiger Memon and his brother Ayub were the main conspirators. Courtesy :

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