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Court defers verdict in 2007 Hyderabad twin blasts case to September 4

As many as 42 people were killed and over 50 injured in the two blasts that occurred in the span of a few minutes. Three of the accused are still at large.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2018 15:36 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
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The National Investigation Agency filed a total of three charge sheets, running into over 1,100 pages, against the eight accused.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

An NIA special court on Monday deferred its judgment in the Hyderabad twin blasts, which claimed 42 lives and left over 50 injured in 2007, to September 4.

Sessions judge T Srinivasa Rao, who sits in the Nampally criminal courts complex, was expected to deliver the verdict on Monday – given that the arguments and counter-arguments in the case had been completed on August 7. But the verdict was put off until next month after the judge subjected five accused lodged at the Cherlapalli central jail to a final round of questioning through video conferencing.

The NIA (National Investigation Agency) had filed a total of three charge sheets, running into over 1,100 pages against eight accused allegedly responsible for detonating bombs at Gokul Chat Bhandar, a popular eatery in Koti area, and Lumbini Park, a recreation site in front of the state secretariat, on August 25, 2007. While 33 died at the Gokul Chat Bhandar, nine others were killed in the second incident. Both the explosions occurred in the span of a few minutes.

An unexploded bomb was also found under a foot overbridge at Dilsuknagar in Hyderabad.

The eight accused – Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Amir Riza Khan, Mohammad Tareeq Anjum, Aneeq Shafiq Syed, Mohammed Sadiq, Akbar Ismail Choudhary and Ansar Ahmed Badhsah Sheikh – were identified as operatives of the Indian Mujahideen terror group. They have been charged under Section 302 (murder) and other provisions of the Indian Penal Code, besides the Explosive Substances Act.

While Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Amir Riza Khan are still at large, the others are lodged at the Chelapalli central jail. Nearly 170 witnesses were cross-examined during the trial.

First Published: Aug 27, 2018 15:31 IST