1993 Mumbai blasts convict Mustafa Dossa dies
June 28, 2017 Agencies
Mustafa Dossa, one of the masterminds of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts and a close aide of fugitive Dawood Ibrahim, on Wednesday died of cardiac arrest at a Mumbai hospital.
Dossa, 60, died at Mumbai’s J J Hospital where he was admitted in the early hours today after complaining of chest pain, a police official said.
He was earlier this month convicted by a special TADA court in the serial blasts case.
He had smuggled firearms, ammunition, detonators, hand grenades and highly explosive substances like RDX into India for the co-ordinated blasts that rocked Mumbai on March 12, 1993, claiming 257 lives and injuring over 700 people.
According to the hospital’s dean, T P Lahane, “Dossa was admitted to the jail ward of the hospital at 3 am.”
He complained of chest pain and had uncontrolled hypertension, diabetes and infection, Lahane said.
Dossa died at 2.30 pm due to cardiac arrest, he said.
The Central Bureau of Investigation had sought capital punishment for Dossa, arguing that his role in the serial blasts was “more severe” than that of hanged convict Yakub Memon.
According to the central probing agency, Dossa was one of the “brains” behind the conspiracy and his degree of responsibility towards the commission of the crime was the highest.
A special TADA court had on June 16 convicted five accused, including Dossa and extradited gangster Abu Salem, under the charges of murder, conspiracy and sections of now repealed TADA, while the sixth accused Riyaz Siddiqui was convicted only under the TADA Act.
Special Judge G A Sanap’s had then observed that Dossa “actively, wilfully, deliberately and consciously” participated in the meeting (held at residence of his elder brother Mohammed Dossa in Dubai) “which gave birth to the original design of the heinous criminal conspiracy to take revenge against the Government and the Hindus” for demolition of Babri Masjid.
“For achieving the object of the conspiracy he took the first step and sent arms and ammunition from Dubai and Pakistan to Dighi (in Raigad district) on January 9, 1993,” the judge had said.
The Dossa brothers made travel arrangements for co-accused Feroz Khan and others to travel to Dubai and their stay. At the behest of (absconding accused) Dawood Ibrahim, Mustafa made arrangement for co-accused’s travel to Pakistan for terror training, the court noted.
Dossa also gave some of the AK-56 rifles, which landed at Dighi, to (absconding conspirator) Tiger Memon. These weapons were used to impart training to several co-accused. The plan was to use these rifles to open fire at Mumbai civic body’s (BMC) headquarters and other places to kill political leaders and senior police officials, the court said.
The trial of the seven accused — Abu Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui, Tahir Merchant and Abdul Quayyum — was separated from the main case as they were arrested at the time of conclusion of the main trial.
The court had acquitted Abdul Quayyum of all charges.
Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui, Tahir Merchant and Abdul Quayyum — was separated from the main case as they were arrested at the time of conclusion of the main trial.