Mumbai, Oct 10: Three convicts in the 1993 Mumbai
serial bomb blasts case on Tuesday pleaded before a TADA Court for
a lesser sentence saying they were dragged into the conspiracy
due to circumstances beyond their control and were repenting
for their acts.
Shaikh Ali Shaikh Umar, employed in Central Railway as a
moulder, said he was repenting for his act and pleaded for
leniency. He was convicted on October 6 along with two others.
Shaikh ali -- who was convicted for participating in
conspiracy and landing of arms and explosives at Raigad coast
and filling RDX in vehicles -- said he was asked to commit the
terrorist acts by absconding accused Javed Chikna who promised
to help him financially as he was broke in early 1993.
Another convict Parvez Qureshi told the court that he
was unwell and was suffering from a problem of pancreas. He
said that to make a living he was selling bananas on a
handcart and pleaded for a lesser sentence saying he was
ashamed for the mistake committed by him.
Shahid Qureshi, who was convicted for taking part in
landing of arms, said he was not involved in the bomb blast
conspiracy. He said he was working in a travel agency and his
employer had forced him to take the blame as he (employer) had
alleged links with other accused.
"My employer was detained by police earlier but they let
him go because I took the blame and surrendered before police.
This I did because I was promised money to meet expenses for
my sister's marriage and also to spend on my parents illness.
All the three were giving their statements to the Judge
P D Kode on the quantum of sentence.