New Delhi: For the victims of the 1993 serial Mumbai blasts, Thursday's Supreme Court verdict brought partial relief to the 20-year-long wait for justice. Tushar Deshmukh who lost his mother in the blasts, said, "I welcome the Supreme Court. It finally brings some closure. The convicts should have been hanged."
However, not all victims are happy with the apex court's judgement. Kirti Ajmera, who was injured during the serial blasts with glass shards continuing to come out of his body, said that he will be happy only if the government does something for the victims. "I have suffered for 20 years, undergone 40 surgeries. The verdict will make me sit at peace only if the government does something to help people like me."
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld death penalty to mastermind Yakub Memon. Yakub was convicted in 1993 blast case and is brother of Ibrahim Mushtaq 'Tiger' Memon, one of the prime accused of the attacks which killed 257 people. Yakub Memon was convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and has been in jail since he returned to India and surrendered in 1994.
The court also upheld actor Sanjay Dutt's conviction in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and his sentence was reduced from six to five years in jail. Sanjay Dutt, who has served 18 months in jail, will now have to spend another 3 years and 6 months in jail. Supreme Court also said that the training of convicts materialised in Pakistan. The apex court added that management and conspiracy of 1993 blasts were done by Dawood Ibrahim and others in Pakistan. Supreme Court said that Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI was also involved in the 1993 blasts.