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The Mumbai Blasts of 1993

December 06, 2007

It was one of the longest trials in India's history.

On March 12, 1993, terrorists tore apart Mumbai, the jewel in India's crown. A series of blasts killed 257 people and injured more than eight hundred people.

The main accused, Mushtaq 'Tiger' Memon and fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, have been absconding since.

The prosecution arrested 123 people including actor Sanjay Dutt. A hundred accused, including Dutt, were found guilty. The actor was given six years imprisonment; he has since been granted bail by the Supreme Court.

A dozen people were sentenced to death including Tiger Memon's brother, Yaqub Memon.

Judge P D Kode, who presided over this historic trial, painstakingly read more than 17,000 pages of evidence. More than 2,000 people were involved in building up the legal case, of which around 684 were made witnesses. Of the 137 accused who were tried, 14 died.

Text: Syed Firdaus Ashraf | Photograph: Arun Patil
Also read: The Mumbai blasts verdict
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