Mumbai: When the special POTA court on Monday convicted a husband-wife pair for their role in the twin blasts of August 25, 2003 at Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar, they earned the dubious distinction for being the first terrorist couple to be convicted in a terror case in India.
Haneef Sayeed and Fahmida and their aide Arshad Ansari were convicted by Special Judge MR Puranik, who presides over a special POTA court. "This is for the first time that a couple had been found guilty in an act of terrorism," special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said.
Three held guilty for 2003 Mumbai twin blasts
This is not the first time that a couple had been booked in a terror act. It may be recalled that in the March 12, 1993 serial blasts case in Mumbai, two couple -members of the Memon family were booked.
While Yakub Memon was held guilty couple of years ago and sentenced to death, his wife Rahin Memon was acquitted. On the other hand, Rubina Memon was held guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment, her husband Suleiman Memon was acquitted.
The head of the Memon family, Abdul Razak Memon was also arrested, but he passed away during the course of the trial. His wife Hanifa was acquitted.
Yakub's two brothers and their wives -Tiger and Shabana, Ayub and Reshma continue to evade the investigative agencies for the last several years .