Mustafa Dossa’s death did not go down well with many people and as soon as the news spread, shops in Manish market started shutting down. Most shops in the market were owned, aided or financed by the Dossa family. A notice on the building, famous in Crawford Market for retail and wholesale goods, said that the market would remain shut on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Mumbai blasts accused died on Wednesday, soon after the CBI sought the death penalty for him and another perpetrator.
Dossa, 68, suffered cardiac arrest at 11.30 am Wednesday. At 2.30 pm, doctors declared him dead. Several traders working in Manish market visited JJ Hospital to catch a glimpse of the 1993 blast accused for one last time.
“We had opened the shop in the morning. But we shut it in the afternoon. All owners have decided to keep it shut,” said Shajahan Mohammed, who owns a perfume and electronics shop. He added that shop owners had unanimously agreed to keep the market closed for at least two days.
According to locals, Dossa’s brothers and relatives handle several shops in the market located at five minutes walk from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. The market is famous for selling Chinese products, especially crockery, electronics, clothes, mobile phones, and toys.
Another trader, Ismail, who owns a perfume store, said,
I did not go to the shop today. I came to know about the decision to keep everything closed in the evening.
On June 16, Dossa and four others were convicted by a special court for being the brains behind the blasts that killed 257 people. The court is currently hearing arguments on sentencing the convicts.