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Hyderabad Twin Blast 2007: Death Sentence For 2, Life Imprisonment For 1

ANANYA BHATNAGAR | 0
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| September 10 , 2018 , 18:47 IST

A special NIA court hearing the pleas in Hyderabad twin blasts case awarded death penalty to two convicts and also awarded life imprisonment to another convict involved in the case.

The court pronounced death sentence to accused Aneeq Sayeed and Ismail Chaudhary and awarded a life imprisonment to accused Tariq Anjuman.

In the 11-year-old case, accused Anik Shafique Syeed and Mohammed Akbar Ismail Chowdhari who were close associates of Riyaz Bhatkal, were pronounced guilty by the Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Court Judge (in-charge) T. Srinivas Rao last week.

Two other accused, Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash and Mohammed Sadiq Israr Ahmed Shaik, were acquitted because of lack of evidence. All the four hail from Maharashtra and have been involved in other cases in Pune and Mumbai as well.

According to media reprts, Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Amir Reza Khan are absconding and are believed to be in Pakistan.

The court has in its record, has been taking inputs from 170 witnesses in the case over a period of 11 years.

On 25 August, 2007, 32 persons died in the blast at Gokul Chat, while 12 were killed during laser show at Lumbini Park, opposite Secretariat. Sixty-eight people were injured in the twin blasts. A day after the blasts at two different locations in Hyderabad that caused huge distress among the nation, at least 19 unexploded bombs were found by the police.