Hyderabad Bomb Blasts: A special NIA court has ordered death penalty to co-founder of Indian Mujahideen, Yasin Bhatkal and four other senior operatives of the terror outfit in connection with 2013 Hyderabad Blasts case.
It is worth mentioning here that it is the first case when an operative of IM has been convicted. Both Bhatkal and four others have been convicted by the Court on December 3. The four who has involvement in the blasts named Pakistani national Zia-ur-Rahman alias Waqas, Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, Tahaseen Akhtar alias Monu and Ajaz Shaikh.
Almost 18 people were killed in Hyderabad bomb blasts
All of them are blocked in the Cherlapally Central Prison. The blasts were taken place on February 21, 2013, in Hyderabad’s Dilsukhnagar, nearly 18 people were killed whereas 131 were injured. As per the information was given by Hyderabad Police, the bombs were placed on bicycles.
The culprits were convicted by the court under sections of India Penal Code, Arms Arms Act, and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). The NIA special court, after hearing the defense and prosecution’s arguments, pronounced the quantum of sentence.
At the same time, Riyaz Bhatkal who is the key conspirator of the blasts and accused in this case is still running away due to which trail was split up against him. Bhatkal had arranged for the explosive material for the blasts and headed Asadullah Zia-ur-Rahman at Mangalore to receive it.
Government’s intelligence had prior information of the blasts but it was not enough to pinpoint the spot
The double blasts had exploded at a distance of 100 meters of each other. The first bomb blasted outside a roadside eatery named A1 Mirchi, next to the Anand Tiffin Centre and opposite the Konark movie hall. Later, the second one had blasted after 2 minutes near the Route 107bus stand nearby Venkatadri theater. The former Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde (Congress) claimed that the Indian government had intelligence about possible blasts; however, the information was not exact enough to pinpoint the location of the blast site.