Mohammad Hanif Syed, One of the Convicts in 2003 Mumbai Twin Bomb Blasts, Dies at Nagpur Hospital
Mohammad Hanif Syed (Photo Credits: Twitter, @prashantkanishk)

New Delhi, February 11: Mohammad Hanif Syed, one of the three convicts sentenced to death in the 2003 Mumbai twin bomb blasts, died at a hospital in Nagpur on Saturday night. Syed, who was lodged in Nagpur Central Jail, was admitted to hospital on Saturday following a deterioration in his health. Jail Superintendent Rani Bhosle informed that Syed was shifted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) where he died one and half hours after he was admitted to the hospital. Ahmed Lambu, Accused in 1993 Mumbai’s Serial Bomb Blast Case & Close Aide of Dawood Ibrahim Arrested by Gujarat ATS.

According to preliminary information and symptoms, he could have died of a cardiac arrest, police informed. Bhosle said the exact cause of Syed's 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 Sunday. Police said that Syed's body will be handed over to his relatives after an autopsy.

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In 2012, Syed was shifted to the Nagpur Central Jail from Yerwada jail, after the Bombay high court upheld his death sentence.  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 Mumbai's Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar on August 25, 2003. A total of 52 people were killed and over 244 injured were injured in the blast that rocked the city.