10 suspects in 2005 Hyderabad suicide bombing acquitted
The attack, which took place on October 12, 2005, killed a home guard and wounded a constable.india Updated: Aug 10, 2017 18:21 IST
A court acquitted on Thursday all the 10 accused in the 2005 suicide bombing that killed a home guard and wounded a constable in a Hyderabad police task force office.
Among the suspects is a Bangladeshi man named Halaluddeen.
The metropolitan sessions court dismissed the case after 11 years as the prosecution failed to produce evidence against the accused people.
The suicide attack on October 12, 2005, was a first in Hyderabad.
A youth, identified as Dalin from Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, walked into the office at Begumpet with a backpack around 7.30pm. He set off the bomb in the backpack when home guard Satyanarayana, who was on sentry duty, stopped him.
The explosion brought down the building. Dalin and Satyanarayana died on the spot, while constable Venkat Rao suffered grave wounds.
A special investigation team (SIT) held the Bangladesh-based Harkatul Jihad-e-Islami (HUJI) responsible for the blast and suspected the involvement of locals as well. Based on circumstantial evidence, investigators zeroed in on 20 suspects initially.
Police later discovered explosive material RDX from a house in the Old City area of Hyderabad.
The investigation led police to Bidar in Karnataka, where a HUJI operative was arrested.
Police found that some of the accused, including prime suspects M Shahed alias Bilal and Ghulam Yazdani, had fled to Pakistan and Bangladesh and a few others died in shootouts with security forces in the neighbouring countries.
The SIT then narrowed down its charge-sheet to 10 people. But it could not produce foolproof evidence against them.
As the case fell flat, MA Haji, Abdul Kaleem, Shakeel, Syed Haji, AA Khan, Azmath Ali, Mahmood Baroodwala, SA Khaja, Nafees and Halaluddeen, who is from Bangladesh, were declared innocent.
Abdul Azeem, counsel for the accused, told reporters after the acquittal that police arrested them without proof of their involvement in the bombing.