One of the major culprits of the 1993 Mumbai blasts, Tahir merchant Alias Tahir Takkala, who was sentenced to death, died today in a Pune hospital. Police officials told. Police said the merchant who was serving the sentence in Yerwada jail was admitted to Sasan Hospital in Pune after complaining of chest pain, where he died during treatment. Dr Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, ADG of Yerwada Jail told that he was admitted to Sasan Hospital after 3:00 pm after chest pain complaint. But he died during treatment at 3:45 pm. Tahir merchant was arrested from Abu Dhabi by the CBI in 2010. Since then, he was serving his sentence in Yerwada jail of Pune.
According to the police, the merchant had arranged money for the Mumbai blasts, and he was also associated with other conspirators Tiger Memon and Dawood Ibrahim. In 2007, the Special Tada Court convicted 100 people, including actor Sanjay Dutt, in connection with the Mumbai blast case. In September last year, the Special Court had sentenced Tahir Merchant and Feroz Khan to death, while the main accused Abu Salem and Karimullah Khan were sentenced to life imprisonment.
The court had admitted that Merchant was the main conspirator, who had also worked with Tiger Memon, both of whom had planned about this conspiracy in Dubai. The court had said that Tahir was involved in the work of arranging money for other works, arranging money for other works and training in Pakistan for all his colleagues. In the case, the other accused, Mustafa Dosa died due to the heart attack at JJ Hospital in Mumbai last year. On March 12, 1993, in 12 minutes, 12 places were blasted in Bombay. These included Bombay Stock Exchange, Katha Market, Lucky Petrol Pump, Century Bazar, Fisherman Colony near Mahim, Air India Building, Zaveri Bazar, Hotel Sea Rock, Plaza Theater, Centaur Hotel and Sahar Airport. Total 257 people died in the Mumbai blasts while 713 people were seriously injured. In this incident, property worth more than 27 crores were damaged.