Dossa was one of the six including gangster Abu Salem to be convicted by a special court in Mumbai on June 16 for the coordinated blasts that ripped through the city on 12 March 1993. He had been deported
Just 24 hours before he died in hospital, the Central Bureau of Investigation had asked a court to sentence Dossa to death, arguing that his crime in the blasts was "more severe" than that of hanged convict Yakub Memon.
Dossa was one of the "brains" behind the conspiracy and his degree of responsibility towards the commission of the crime was the highest, the agency told the court. Prosecutors have argued that Mustafa Dossa masterminded the import of explosives in India and sent some men to Pakistan for arms training.
This was the second leg of the trial in the serial blasts case involving seven accused by a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act or TADA court in Mumbai. In the first part of the trial that ended in 2007, the anti-terrorism court had convicted 100 people. In 2015, Yakub Memon was hanged in connection with the same case.