Many members of the Memon family faced trial

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015,19:21 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Nagpur | Nine members of the Memon family residing at Al Husain building, Dargah street , mahim in north central Mumbai  faced the trial for the 1993 bomb blasts including three  women. While Tiger and Ayub are still absconding, Yakub has been hanged  and one woman is facing jail.
Abdul Razak Memon: Abdul Razak was arrested after he returned from abroad along with other members of Memon family in 1994. He fell sick in jail and was granted bail after few years. He died in 2001 at the age of 73.
Hanifa Memon: Tigers mother and the household chief, she was booked for abetment of terror acts of her son Tiger and his friends. She too was released on bail after lodging in jail for few years. Eventually, the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act court acquitted her due to lack of evidence.
Mushtaq Memon alias Tiger: Allegedly a smuggler, he represented the illegal business of Dawood Ibrahim in India. He fled to Dubai, a day prior to the blasts and from there moved to Pakistan where he is believed to be hiding along with Dawood. He is one of Indias most wanted criminals. He masterminded the 1993 serial blasts along with Dawood to avenge the demolition of Babri Masjid.
Yakub Memon: A chartered accountant, he had an accounting firm where he handled accounts of Tiger Memons company dealing in hawala business. He also provided tickets to accused in this case who went to Pakistan via Dubai for arms training, according to the charges levelled against him in TADA court. He was arrested in 1994 and tried in a TADA court.
Suleiman Memon: He was arrested with other members of the Memon family in 1994 and was accused of aiding and abetting terror acts. He was granted bail after few years of his arrest and ultimately acquitted for lack of evidence.
Rahin Memon: Wife of Yakub, Rahin was also arrested along with her husband in the 1993 bomb blast case. She too faced charges of aiding and abetting terror acts but was acquitted in September 2006 due to lack of evidence.
Rubina Memon: Wife of Suleiman Memon, Rubina was however, convicted by the TADA court and sentenced to life imprisonment as a Maruti van used in the bomb blasts was registered in her name. This van was found abandoned at Worli and Ak-56 rifles and hand grenades found in it.
The accused had abandoned this vehicle as they heard a noise and thought that it was an explosion. They were on a mission to go to Municipal headquarters and open fire at the corporators indiscriminately to create terror.
Essa Memon: Brother of Tiger, Essa was also arrested along with other members of Memon family. He was diagnosed with a tumour and had sought acquittal on the grounds of ill-health. However, the TADA court convicted him. He is serving life sentence in Aurangabad Jail.
Yusuf Memon: Another brother of Tiger, Yusuf, too was arrested along with other members of the Memon family. He was suspected to be suffering from schizophrenia and sought liberty for treatment. However, he was convicted by TADA court and is now serving life sentence in Aurangabad prison.
Ayub Memon: The eldest son of Abdul Razak and Hanifa, Ayub is absconding and is believed to be staying with Tiger in Pakistan.
The 1993 bomb blast case was the longest in the history of Indian judicial system, having lasted for 14 years.