2007 Hyderabad Twin Blast: Court convicts 2, sentencing on Monday

Hyderabad: Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Court in Hyderabad has convicted two persons for carrying out twin blast in Hyderabad in 2007 which claimed 44 lives leaving 68 injured.

The two alleged Indian Mujahideen operatives Akbar Ismail Choudhary and Anique Shafique Syeed have been held guilty by the court while the other three accused Mohammed Saddiq Ahmed Sheikh, Farooq, and Tarik Anjum have been acquitted, the Hindu reported.

Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge (in-charge) T Srinivas Rao have pronounced the judgment on the case while the quantum of Punishment will be announced on Monday.

The case investigations were carried out by Counter Intelligence cell of Hyderabad who filed three separate charge-sheets while two other accused Riyaz Bhatkal and his brother Iqbal Bhatkal are yet to be arrested.

Twin blasts were carried out in the city on August 25, 2007, at Lumbini Park and Gokul chat while the third explosive that was placed under a footbridge in Dilsukhnagar was discovered by the Police before it could explode.

The alleged IM operatives are reported to have used improvised explosive devices (IEDs) for the blast.

The arrested accused were charged under section 302 (murder) and other relevant provisions of the IPC and sections of the Explosive Substances Act. During the trail, over 160 witnesses were examined and cross-examined.