1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Abdul Gani Ismail Turk dies

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1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Abdul Gani Ismail Turk dies

Abdul Gani Ismail Turk, one of the most trusted lieutenants of Tiger Memon, was the mastermind of the biggest terror attack in the country

One of the key convicts in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case died on Thursday of hypertension at a hospital in Nagpur.

Abdul Gani Ismail Turk, one of the most trusted lieutenants of Tiger Memon, the mastermind of the biggest terror attack in the country, died today at the government hospital in Nagpur due to hypertension.

On March 12, 1993, 12 serial blasts were carried out by Tiger Memon, Dawood Ibrahim and several of their associates in Mumbai. As a result of the blasts 257 people were killed and more than 700 persons were injured in the terror attack.

The blasts were said to be in retaliation for the communal riots following the Babri Masjid destruction in December 1992.

Turk was the right hand man of Tiger Memon and had participated in the planning, landing of explosives and execution of the blasts.

On March 12, at around 2:45 pm, the fourth blast rocked the bustling business district at Century Bazaar, Dadar close to the passport office. Abdul Gani Ismail Turk had driven an explosives-laden Mahindra Commander SUV and parked it outside the Century Bazaar.

The intensity of the blast, which was multiplied by the open market place (unlike Air India or BSE building car parking lots) was so severe that the human casualty it caused was the highest among all the blasts that took place in the city on that ill-fated day.

A passing BEST bus was blown off and even the nearby residential and commercial premises were not spared from the terrorist carnage.

In just this blast 113 persons died and left 227 persons injured which was the highest casualty as compared to the other blasts that had happened at other spots on that day.

Turk was convicted by the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) court in Mumbai in 2006 and was awarded capital punishment. Turk and few other convicts appealed to the Supreme Court which then sentenced him to life imprisonment. He had been serving his sentence in the Nagpur central prison since being convicted.

According to Nagpur central prison officials, Turk had complained of chest pain and after being administered primary treatment by the jail doctor, he was taken to the government hospital. He died while undergoing treatment. Turk's family lives in Mumbai so his last rites will be conducted in Mumbai on Friday.