2 IM operatives convicted in twin blasts case

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Sep 2018 08:17:21



The 2007 Hyderabad twin blasts had claimed 44 lives. The quantum of sentence will be announced on next Monday

TWO operatives of banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen have been convicted by a court here for the 2007 Hyderabad twin blasts that claimed 44 lives.

Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge T Srinivas Rao acquitted two others, Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash and Mohammed Sadiq Israr Ahmed Shaik, in the case. The quantum of sentence for the convicted Indian Mujahideen operatives, Aneeq Shafique Sayeed and Mohammed Akbar Ismail, will be announced next Monday.The court is also expected to pronounce its judgement on Tarik Anjum, charged with giving shelter to the accused after the blasts, on Monday. The Counter Intelligence wing of the Telangana Police had investigated the case and arrested the five accused. The agency had filed four chargesheets against them and also named three other absconding accused -- Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Amir Reza Khan.

They were booked in connection with the blasts on August 25, 2007, and the recovery of an unexploded bomb in the Dilsukhnagar area here. The trial in the case started in October 2016 and was shifted to a court hall located on the premises of the Cherlapalli Central Prison in June this year.
According to the prosecution, Aneeq Shafique Sayeed planted the bomb at Lumbini Park, and Bhatkal planted the bomb at Gokul Chat.

The near simultaneous blasts at Gokul Chat, a popular eatery, killed 32 people and left 47 injured. Twelve others died and 21 were injured at the open air theatre at Lumbini Park, a few metres away from the State Secretariat. The IM men are among those arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad in October 2008. They were later taken into custody by the Gujarat Police.

Around 170 witnesses were examined during the trial, and the final arguments were completed in August. Meanwhile, the victims of the twin blast that occurred in 2007 at Gokul Chat and Lumbini Park here, seek capital punishment for culprits of the ghastly incident. A local court here on Tuesday convicted two Indian Mujahideen operatives Aneeq Shafique Sayeed and Mohammed Akbar Ismail Chowdhari and acquitted two others in the case. The quantum of sentence for the convicted Indian Mujahideen operatives will be announced next Monday. Chander Nayak, one of the victims who lost an eye in the blast said he was disappointed over the acquittal of two of the accused and sought the State Government to appeal against their acquittal in the High Court.

“As per the Indian law, the highest punishment is hanging. I want those convicted to be hanged. And also the Government should seize all the properties of those convicted and distribute it to the victims,” Nayak said holding a placard which read Telangana Chief Minister should help victims. Nayak, then 18 years old, went to Koti area to buy some old books and was injured in the blast.