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Hyderabad twin blasts: 2 accused awarded death penalty

Hyderabad: The Second Metropolitan Sessions Court on Monday awarded the death sentence to two accused and life imprisonment for the third, for their involvement in the 2007 Hyderabad twin blasts that claimed 42 lives and left over 50 injured.

The third accused was given life imprisonment.


UPDATE
  • Aneeq Sayeed and Ismail Chaudhury awarded death sentence.
  • Tariq Anjum Sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • Reacting on the judgement, Gandam Gurumurthy, lawyer for convict Annek Sayeed said, "This is a very weak judgement, we will appeal in High Court against this."
  • Tariq Anjum, an alleged operative of the Indian Mujahideen, who was accused of harbouring the key convicts has also been convicted by NIA special court.

Two other accused, Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash and Mohammed Sadiq Israr Ahmed Shaik, in the case were acquitted by the Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge T Srinivas Rao on September 4.




The Counter Intelligence wing of the Telangana Police had investigated the case and arrested the five accused.

The agency had filed four charge sheets 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. 12 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.
Quick glance into Hyderabad twin bomb blasts
  • Two bombs exploded almost simultaneously on 25 August 2007 in Hyderabad, capital of the Indian state of Telangana.
  • The first bomb exploded in Lumbini Amusement Park.
  • The second bomb exploded five minutes later in Gokul Chat Bhandar, a popular restaurant.
  • Two more bombs were defused in other parts of the city. According to initial reports, the banned Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami militant outfit of Bangladesh is suspected for the serial blasts.
  • At least 42 people were dead and at least 54 were injured in the two attacks.
Also Read: T'gana: Cong rules out tie-up with Owaisi's AIMIMTimeline of Hyderabad Twin Bomb Blast:
  • August 25, 2007: Blast at Gokul Chat eatery in Koti area; 32 people killed, 47 injured.
  • Blast at an open air theatre in Lumbini Park close to the state secretariat; 12 people killed and 21 wounded.
  • January 2009: Alleged terroroperatives Anique Shafique Sayeed and Mohammed Akbar Ismail Chowdhari arrested by the then undivided Andhra Pradesh police.
  • March 2009: Two other accused -- Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash, Mohammed Sadiq Israr Ahmed Shaik -- arrested.
  • May 2009: Chargesheet filed in Lumbini Park blast case.
  • May 2009: Chargesheet filed in connection with recovery of an unexploded bomb at Dilsuknagar.
  • June 2009: Chargesheet filed in Gokul Chat blast case.
  • June 2018: Trial against the accused shifted to a court hall located on the premises of Cherlapalli Central Prison from a court located in Nampally Court complex.
  • August 2018: Final arguments and counter arguments completed.
  • September 4, 2018: Verdict delivered by local court.
  • Two terror operatives -- Aneeq Shafique Sayeed and Mohammed Akbar Ismail Chowdhari -- convicted, while two other accused -- Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash and Mohammed Sadiq Israr Ahmed Shaik -- acquitted.
  • September 10, 2018: Another accused Tarik Anjum, found guilty of harbouring the absconding offenders--Riyaz Bhatkal, his brother Iqbal, in New Delhi and other places, sentenced to life imprisonment.
  • September 10, 2018: Court awards death penalty to Aneeq Shafique Sayeed and Mohammed Akbar Ismail Chowdhari.
Also Read: Opposition parties eye alliance to take on TRS in Telangana

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