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'93 Surat blasts: Gujarat ex-minister gets 20 years jail

October 04, 2008 16:08 IST

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A Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act court on Saturday awarded 20 years imprisonment to former Gujarat fisheries minister Mohammad Surti and four others in the 1993 Surat [Images] blasts case.

TADA Judge R P Dholadiya, announcing the sentences in a fully packed courtroom, convicted the former minister and 11 others and acquitted one of the accused.

Of the five people who got 20 years imprisonment, Surti, Hussain Ghadaiyali and former Congress corporator Iqbal Wadivala were awarded a fine of Rs 2 lakh each.

Mushtaq Patel was slapped with a fine of Rs 1 lakh, while a fine of Rs 50,000 was imposed on Yusuf Dadu. The seven other convicts were awarded 10 years imprisonment.

On January 28, 1993, soon after the serial blasts in Mumbai, two bombs exploded in Surat, in which a young girl was killed and 38 others were injured.


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