1993 blasts case: Lone acquitted Abdul Qayyum released from prison after 10 years

After his release, Qayyum said he will continue to stay in India and start a business of his own to earn a living

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: June 17, 2017 8:45 pm
Abdul Qayyum after being released; Qayyum’s name came up in relation to the conspiracy only in 2005, after Abu Salem’s confession. Express photo by Prashant Nadkar

Abdul Qayyum, who was acquitted of all the charges by the special TADA court in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, was released from the Arthur Road jail on Saturday. “Abdul Qayyum was released at around 5.15 pm on Saturday following the Court’s order,” Arthur Road jail superintendent, Harshad Ahirrao told PTI.

Qayyum, speaking to reporters here after his release, said that he will continue to stay in the country and start a business of his own to earn a living. “I request (authorities) that the innocent should be spared and not made to suffer. India is my country and I will stay here and do business to earn a livelihood,” Qayyum said.

257 people died while 713 others were injured after a series of bomb blasts rocked Mumbai on March 12, 1993. Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim along with Tiger Memon are the prime conspirators in the case. Special TADA court on Friday found Abu Salem and Mustafa Dossa guilty of criminal conspiracy charges. Along with the two gangsters, Firoz Khan, Karimullah Khan, Taher Merchant were also found guilty of conspiracy charges levelled against them.

Abdul Qayyum has spent 10 years and eight months in custody at Arthur Road jail

Accused Riaz Siddiqui was convicted under TADA Act but was acquitted of all other charges. According to the TADA court, the prosecution failed to prove charges of conspiracy against Siddiqui. The Court has set next hearing date on June 20, to decide the date for argument on the quantum of sentence.

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