1993 Mumbai blast explosives, weapons found in Gandhi's city.. NIA starts digging in Gujarat

Ahmedabad, Oct 10: In a sensational development NIA is digging for a huge amount of explosives and weapons in Porbandar, Gujarat. These explosives were part of the consignment that had come from Dubai for the Mumbai serial blasts of 1993. Sources say that part of consignment was hidden near the Porbander coast. After strong evidence, NIA has started digging near the coast to unearth the hidden arms and explosive. There is a possibilty that RDX may be found too. NIA is using JCB machines for excavation.  

In 1993, 12 bombs had exploded across Mumbai. It started at 1:30 p.m. on 12 March with powerful car bomb explosion in the basement of the 28-storey Bombay Stock Exchange building. 0 were killed in this blast. After 30 minutes, another car bomb exploded near Mandvi Branch Corporation Bank near Masjid. Between 1:30 and 3:40 pm, a total of 12 bombs rocked Mumbai, mostly car and scooter bombs were used.Three hotels – the Hotel Sea Rock, Hotel Juhu Centaur, and Hotel Airport Centaur – were targeted by suitcase bombs left in rooms booked by the conspirators.

Fisherman's Colony in Mahim causeway, Zaveri Bazaar, Plaza Cinema, Century Bazaar, Katha Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Terminal at Sahar Airport (now Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Air India Building, Hotel Juhu Centaur, Worli, BSE, Passport Office, Masjid-Mandvi Corporation Bank Branch were the sites attacked.Recently an alleged key conspirator of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts was arrested by the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS). Acting on a tip-off, Ahmed Shaikh (52), also known as Ahmed Lambu, was arrested by ATS team near Valsad coast in south Gujarat. "Shaikh was absconding since the blasts. A red-corner notice (international look-out notice) had been issued against him. We will hand him over to the CBI now," Gujarat ATS Superintendent of Police had said.The CBI probed the Mumbai serial blasts of March 1993 in which 257 people were killed and over 700 injured.Shaikh was carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head, the SP said.Shaikh, who lived in a dormitory in Mumbai, left the country immediately after the blasts, another senior police official said."He was one of the key accused in the conspiracy to smuggle explosives into India and conduct blasts at the behest of Dawood Ibrahim. Shaikh was introduced to Dawood by Mohammad Dosa (another conspirator)," he said.Shaikh allegedly attended a meeting with Dawood in Dubai where the conspiracy was chalked out, the official added."As directed by Dawood, Shaikh and some others went to Pakistan from Dubai to train in bomb-making, handling firearms and converting vehicles into bombs. Shaikh was also involved in the landing of RDX on the Raigad coast in Maharashtra," he said.Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon, two alleged masterminds of the blasts, are still absconding, while over hundred others, including gangster Abu Salem, were convicted.News24 Bureau with Agency Inputs