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'Dawood sent me back in a Mercedes'

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Posted: Sep 22, 2006 at 1341 hrs IST

The designated TADA court on Friday convicted two more men of involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

Judge Pramod Kode found accused number 14 Dawood Mohammad Phanse alias Dawood Taklya, 82, guilty of conspiracy, attending a meeting with two of India's most wanted men – Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon in Dubai - to plan the conspiracy and later organised the landing of arms, ammunitions and explosives on Shekhadi coast in Raigad district on February 3 and 7, 1993.

Phanse was convicted under Section 3 (3) (aiding and abetting the conspiracy) and Section 6 (punishment extending from five years to life in case of contravention of provisions of Arms Act, Explosive Act and Explosive Substances Act) of the now repealed Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act. Phanse faces the death sentence.

However, the third charge against him that he had reportedly bribed several customs officials has not come up in the court.

For the first time, underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's role in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case has been established by the judiciary.

Dawood Mohammad Phanse alias Dawood Taklya, who is one of the few accused to have directly named the don, has been found guilty by the TADA court in Mumbai.

In his confession, Phanse said that he was involved in the landing of smuggled silver and other goods.

He also said that he went to Dubai and met Dawood Ibrahim and that the don talked about revenge, asked him to help in the landing of arms and ammunition.

According to his confession, Dawood sent him back to the hotel in a Mercedes car and all of them received Rs 15 lakh for the landing, while more than Rs 12 lakh were given in bribes.

Phanse further said in the confession that Tiger Memon had personally gone in the speed boat at Shekhadi coast to receive the consignment and brought bags of kala sabun (RDX),

rifles and cartridges.

Phanse also confessed that money was paid as bribes to customs officers who facilitated smooth passage of arms and explosives from Raigad to Mumbai.

Accused No 17 also guilty

Judge Kode found the second man, accused number 17 Sharif Abdul Gafoor Parkar, 78, guilty of identifying a location for arms training, helping transport the weapons and arranging meetings with customs and police officials to clear the smuggled goods. But he said Parkar was not guilty of conspiracy since he did not have any knowledge that the shipment contained arms and explosives.

Parkar alias Dadabhai was also found guilty under section 3 (3) and section 6 of the TADA Act for organising landing of arms and ammunition at Shekhadi coast in Raigad district on February 3 and 7, 1993.

He was also found guilty of showing a place in village Sandheri and Borghat in Raigad where co-accused were given arms training.

Parkar has been also found guilty under section 6 of TADA (enhanced punishment) and convicted for organising meetings of custom officials with the accused.Parkar, who was also convicted along with Phanse, in his confession, described how he had destroyed the gunny bags and boxes in which Kala Sabun (RDX) was brought by him on Tiger's

instructions.

Parkar further said the consignment arrived from Pakistan in two phases on February 3 and 7, 1993. The consignment was taken to Mumbai to Tiger Memon's building in Al-Husseini

building at Mahim.

Prior to his arrest in the 1993 bomb blast case, Parkar was Tiger Memon's close associate and used to handle his smuggling operations pertaining to gold and silver,

investigations had revealed earlier.

Both the accused have referred to RDX as kala sabun (black soap powder) in their confessions because they apparently had no knowledge about the ingredients of RDX which was used for the first time in India in the serial explosions.

After the verdict, Parkar, who was acquitted on the charge of conspiracy but held guilty on other counts, said "I am very much relieved that the court has let me off from the main charge. At last justice has prevailed, god has been kind to me for the last 13 years I have spent in jail", Parkar said with tears in his eyes.

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