On death row, Hanif Syed dies at hospi­tal

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE -

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

Syed’s health sud­denly de­te­ri­o­rated on Satur­day evening, 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.

“The ex­act cause of his death will be known af­ter post-mortem which will be con­ducted on Mon­day in the pres­ence of his rel­a­tives who have ar­rived in the city on Sun­day,” she said, adding his body will be handed over to rel­a­tives af­ter au­topsy.

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 which ex­ploded at the iconic Gate­way of In­dia and Zaveri Bazaar on Au­gust 25, 2003, leav­ing 52 dead.

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