Mumbai: Even after 19 years of the grisliest serial blasts in India’s commercial capital Mumbai, the people of the city are craving to bring the dreaded underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to Justice. Ibrahim is the mastermind of the incident and is believed to be hiding in Pakistan from where he is operating his reign of underworld.

However, Dawood Ibrahim is still out of the grip of the Indian security agencies. The series of the terror attacks had started on March 12, 1993 when the massive serial blasts shook the metro city killing 257 people and injuring 713. The terrorist attack incurred loss of property worth Rs 27 crore.

Taking advantage of the communal riots after the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, the Pakistan ISI had hatched a conspiracy to trigger serial bomb blasts with the help of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his men. At least 200 persons were found to be directly or indirectly involved in hatching the conspiracy of the blasts which took place at 14 different locations in the city. However, the Indian intelligence agencies had failed to get any clue of the upcoming tragedy.

Dawood Ibrahim had conferred the responsibility of the blasts to his close aide Tiger Memon who had taken the help of some police personnel and custom officials to smuggle the arms and explosives in Mumbai.

A total of 193 people were arrested for their alleged involvement in the conspiracy out of which 27 were given a clean chit by the TADA court while two others were declared innocent soon after the incident. The rest of 140 accused were tried in a special court set up under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA). Some of the accused passed away during 13 years of the trial. By the end of the trial, TADA judge PD Kode declared 23 accused as innocent and 100 as guilty. Kode awarded life imprisonment to 20 accused while capital punishment to 12 for their involvement in the brutal incident.

The convicts moved to the Supreme Court to challenge the TADA court’s verdict and the case is still pending in the Apex Court. Even the intelligence agencies have failed to nab the key accused Dawood and Tiger Memon along with 28 others. This failure largely reflects the underlying flaws in our national security apparatus. However, the agencies have yet not given up their hope to bring David to justice.

(JPN/Bureau)