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2 convicted in the 2007 Hyderabad twin blast case

Hyderabad, Sep 4 (IANS) | Publish Date: 9/4/2018 11:44:25 AM IST

Two of the five accused in the twin bombing case of 2007 in Hyderabad were convicted by a special court in Cherlapally central prison here on Tuesday. The blasts claimed 44 lives, while 68 were left injured.

Anique Shafique Syeed and  Mohammed Akbar Ismail Choudhury, associates of Mohammed Riyaz Bhatkal and his elder brother Mohammed Iqbal Bhatkal  were held guilty. They were Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives. The Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Court operating from Cherlapally central prison convicted the duo under Section 302 (murder) and other relevant provisions of the IPC and sections of the Explosive Substances Act. The verdict was pronounced by Justice T. Srinivas Rao.

The quantum of punishment will be announced on Monday.

Two other accused, Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash and Mohammed Sadiq Israr Ahmed Shaik were acquitted, while judgment against Tarik Anjum will be pronounced on Monday.

The trial against them was shifted to court hall in the Cherlapally prison from a court located in Nampally court complex in June this year owing to security reasons. The Telangana Police’s Counter Intelligence Cell had filed three separate charge-sheets against seven accused persons. Other three accused, Riyaz Bhatkal, his brother Iqbal Bhatkal and Amir Raza Khan are still at large.

The IM operatives planted three improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the city on August 25, 2007, of which two went off at Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat Bhandar and one unexploded bomb placed under a foot-over-bridge at Dilsukhnagar was recovered by the police.

Over 160 witnesses were examined and cross-examined during the trials.

Blasts victims yet to get justice: Owaisi

MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said justice was yet be done for the families of the 44 people who lost their lives in the 2007 twin bomb blasts in Hyderabad.

Reacting to the verdict of a city court, which convicted two accused and acquitted two others, he said that closure for the victims had not happened.

The Hyderabad MP told reporters that the investigating agencies should properly conduct a fresh inquiry and the accused who were absconding should be brought to book.

The Second Metropolitan Sessions Court on Tuesday held Anique Shafiq Syed and Akbar Ismail Choudhary guilty. The quantum of punishment will be announced on September 10.

Farooq Sharfuddin and Sadiq Ahmed Sheikh were acquitted for lack of evidence.

The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president said the blasts were the tragic moment for Hyderabad. 

“Justice is yet to be done and families of the 42 people who lost their lives and the 54 injured are still suffering,” he said.

Owaisi said that he personally knew a Sharma who lost his daughter in this terror attack.

The MP said the youths who were acquitted spent nine years in jail. “What will happen to them?”

While 32 people were killed at Gokul Chat, a popular eatery, 10 others lost their lives at Lumbini Park, near State Secretariat, in near simultaneous blasts on August 25, 2007.

 

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