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Convicts to be sentenced today in 2007 Hyderabad twin blasts

Two members of the Indian Mujahideen terrorist group have been found guilty for the attack in a crowded market.

india Updated: Sep 10, 2018 09:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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Police and members of the media walk around the Char Minar gate in Hyderabad, following a deadly blast at the nearby Macca Masjid mosque on May 18, 2007. (AFP file)

A court in Hyderabad will on Monday sentence two Indian Mujahideen convicts and pronounce the judgement on another operative for his involvement in the 2007 Hyderabad twin blasts case.

Second additional metropolitan sessions judge (in-charge) T Srinivas Rao had last Tuesday pronounced Aneeq Shafique Sayeed and Mohammed Akbar Ismail Chowdhari guilty in the 11-year-old case, but acquitted Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash and Mohammed Sadiq Israr Ahmed Shaik for want of enough evidence.

The quantum of punishment for the two convicts, as also the judgement on the fifth person Tarik Anjum, accused of harbouring the perpetrators in New Delhi and other places, will be pronounced on Monday by the special court set up on the premises of Cherlapalli Central Prison, where they are currently lodged.

Two powerful explosions had ripped through a popular eatery and an open air theatre in the city on August 25, 2007, killing 44 people and wounding 68.

The prosecution will seek capital punishment for the convicts, said special public prosecutor C Seshu Reddy, who represented the Counter Intelligence wing of the Telangana Police, which had investigated the case and arrested the five accused.

However, the defence counsels said they would challenge the verdict in the high court.

Another public prosecutor K Surender said the duo — Aneeq and Chowdhari — were found guilty of carrying out blasts at Gokul Chat and Lumbini Park and also in connection with the recovery of the unexploded bomb from under a foot over bridge in the Dilsukh Nagar area.

The duo was found guilty under section 302 (murder) and various other sections of the Indian Penal Code and relevant provisions of the Arms Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the prosecutors said.

Two synchronised blasts had rocked Gokul Chaat, a popular eatery on August 25 2007, killing 32 people and leaving 47 injured, and an open air theatre in Lumbini Park close to the state secretariat where 12 people died and 21 wounded.

Three other accused named in the charge sheets filed by police, including ‘Indian Mujahideen’ founder Riyaz Bhatkal, his brother Iqbal, and Amir Reza Khan are absconding. The Bhatkal brothers of Karnataka are believed to have taken shelter in Pakistan.

The trial against five accused in the case was shifted to a court hall located on the premises of Cherlapalli Central Prison from a court located in Nampally Court complex in June this year.

Two of those acquitted face some other cases in Maharashtra.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Sep 10, 2018 09:46 IST