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1993 Mumbai blasts convict Mustafa Dossa dies of cardiac arrest

1993 Mumbai blasts convict Mustafa Dossa died today, reportedly of a cardiac arrest. Dossa, who was lodged at Arthur Road Jail, was admitted to JJ Hospital in Mumbai last night after complaining of chest pain.

TP Lahane, the JJ Hospital dean, confirmed the death. Mustafa Dossa died due to cardiac arrest today at 2.30 pm, news agency ANI quoted Lahane as saying.

“Dossa was admitted to the jail ward of the hospital at 3 am,” Lahane told news agency PTI earlier today. Dossa complained of chest pain and had hypertension, diabetes and infection, Lahane added.

Dossa was one of the 6 men convicted by a special TADA court on June 6 in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. The special Central Bureau of Investigation prosecutor had sought death penalty for Dossa in the ’93 blasts case.

Along with Abu Salem, the court found Dossa, and four other men, guilty of conspiring to commit the dastardly Mumbai serial blasts, which killed over 250 people.
During the trial, the court had this to say on Dossa’s role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, saying he was a member of the “core group of conspirators’. “It is proved that the accused Mustafa Dossa for achieving the object of the main conspiracy, took the first step and sent arms and ammunition from Dubai/Pakistan to Dighi Jetty on January 9, 1993,” the court said.

The consignment sent by Dossa included arms, ammunition and RDX (Research Department Explosive i.e cyclotrimethylene-trinitramine) which the CBI claimed was the first ever terrorist attack in the world where the explosive was used on such a large scale after World War II. The court announced that the evidence by the CBI was also enough to convict Feroz, the second name on the accused list.

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