1993 Blasts convict Mustafa Dossa dies a day after CBI seeks capital punishment

Mustafa Dossa, one of the brains behind 1993 Mumbai serial blasts that killed 257 people died on Wednesday morning after being admitted to hospital with chest pains and fever.

Dossa was convicted by special TADA court for his role in the blast where he smuggled firearms, ammunition, detonators, hand grenades and highly explosive substance like RDX into India for the coordinated blasts that swept across Mumbai on March 12, 1993 claiming 257 lives and injured 713 people.

Dossa died of cardiac arrest at 2.30 pm , the dean at J J Hospital said.

Incidentally, CBI had yesterday sought capital punishment citing that Dossa’s degree of involvement in the crime was the highest and surpassed that of hanged convict Yakub Memon.

On June 16 TADA court in Mumbai convicted five accused, including Dossa and extradited gangster Abu Salem under charges of murder, conspiracy and sections of now repealed TADA, while the sixth accused Riyaz Siddiqui was convicted only under the TADA Act.

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