Hyderabad twin bomb blasts case: NIA court convicts 2, acquits 2
Hyderabad: A Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here on Tuesday convicted two Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives and acquitted two others in connection with the Hyderabad twin bomb blasts case in 2007.
The two convicted were identified as Aneeq Shafeeq Sayeed and Ismail Chaudhary. The two other accused Farooq Sharfuddin Tarqash and MD Sadiq Israr Shaik were acquitted due to lack of evidences against them.
The court will pronounce the quantum of punishment to the convicted-duo Aneeq Shafeeq Sayeed and Ismail Chaudhary on Monday.
According to NIA, the two blasts occurred at around 7.45 pm at Gokul Chat eatery in Koti and the laser show auditorium at Lumbini Park in Hyderabadon August 25, 2007. The team also recovered an live bomb from Dilsukhnagar that night.
While 32 people were killed at Gokul Chat, 10 lost their lives at Lumbini Park. More than 50 were injured in the twin explosion.
The Counter Intelligence (CI) wing of Telangana Police filed three charge-sheets against seven persons-Mohammed Sadiq, Ansar Ahmed Badshah Shaik, Akber Ismail and Anique Shafeeq Syed; out of which three- Indian Mujahideen founder Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Amir Reza Khan are still absconding.
The accused, who are alleged to be associated with the Indian Mujahideen, were arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad in October 2008. They were charged under Section 302 (murder) and other relevant provisions of the IPC and Sections of Explosive Substances Act in the twin blasts.
Earlier, the judgement regarding the case was to be delivered on August 27 but was postponed to September 4 by the Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge T Srinivas Rao.
Those arrested included Mohammed Akbar Ismail Chowdhari, Aneeq Shafique Sayeed, Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash, Mohammed Sadiq Israr Ahmed Shaik and Tarik Anjum were produced before the court on August 27 through video conferencing from Cherlapalli Central Prison.
Adequate security arrangements have been made at Cherlapalli Central Prison and other sensitive places in anticipation of the Court verdict