2003 Mumbai Blasts Convict Hanif Syed Dies In Nagpur Hospital

Mohammad Hanif Syed, one of the three convicts sentenced to death in the 2003 Mumbai twin bomb blasts case, lodged in the Nagpur Central Jail, died at a hospital, a prison officer said on Sunday

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Mohammad Hanif Syed, one of the three convicts sentenced to death in the 2003 Mumbai twin bomb blasts case,  imprisoned in Nagpur Central Jail, died at a hospital, a prison officer said on Sunday, February 10. 

Syed’s health suddenly deteriorated Saturday evening, February 9, following which he was shifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) where he died one and half hours after admission, Jail Superintendent Rani Bhosle told PTI.

As per preliminary information and symptoms, he could have died of a cardiac arrest, Bhosle said.

Syed, his wife Fehmida and third conspirator Ashrat Ansari were convicted by a POTA (Prevention of Terrorist Activity) court in 2009 of planting powerful bombs in two taxis that exploded at the iconic Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar on 25 August 2003, killing 52 and injuring 244.

Syed was shifted to Nagpur Central Jail from Yerwada jail in 2012, after the Bombay High Court upheld his death sentence. The Lashkar-e-Taiba's role in the twin blasts was revealed by an accused-turned-approver.

It was for the first time that the LeT had used a family to carry out bomb blasts in the country.

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