A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Tuesday (September 4) convicted two people for the 2007 twin bomb blasts case. The verdict comes 11 years after the twin blasts at Gokul Chat and Lumbini Park in Hyderabad, which had killed 44 people and left 68 injured.
The first blast took place during a laser show in the auditorium at Lumbini Park at around 7.45 pm on August 25. It led to the death of around 10 people. After five minutes another blast rocked the city after a bomb exploded in at Gokul Chat eatery in Koti.
That same night, another major terror attack was averted after the cops recovered an unexploded bomb from Dilsukhnagar.
The quantum of punishment for the two convicted men Aneeq Shafeeq Sayeed and Mohammed Akbar Ismail Chaudhary, will be announced on Monday (September 10).
2007 Hyderabad twin blasts case: Aneeq Shafeeq Sayeed & Ismail Chaudhary convicted. 2 people acquitted. Court to pronounce judgement on 1 more accused on September 10. Two more accused are absconding- Seshu Reddy, Special Public Prosecutor for Counter Intelligence pic.twitter.com/HeBBNbv8rX— ANI (@ANI) September 4, 2018
The Hyderabad local court has also acquitted Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash and Mohammed Sadiq Israr Ahmed Shaik. The verdict of the fifth accused man named Tarik Anjum will be announced on Monday. All the five accused, who are reportedly Indian Mujahideen operatives, have been lodged at the Cherlapalli Central Prison for the past few years after they were arrested in relation to the two blasts in 2008.
The five aforementioned men had been charged under section 302 (murder) and other relevant provisions of the IPC and sections of Explosive Substances Act in the twin blasts.
Earlier the verdict was supposed to be announced on August 27, but was second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge T Srinivas Rao had postponed the judgement to Tuesday.
The prosecution has said that Aneeq Shafique Sayeed had allegedly planted the bomb at Lumbini Park while Riyaz Bhatkal, who is still absconding, planted the bomb at Gokul Chat. The second convicted man Ismail Chowdhari had planted the unexploded bomb at Dilsukhnagar.