2007 Hyderabad blast case: Special NIA Court awards death penalty to two, third gets a life imprisonment

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court today has announced sentence in the 2007 Hyderabad blasts that had killed 44 people. The court has given the death penalty to two terrorists and the third convict was awarded a life sentence.

The court had convicted two Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives Mohammad Akbar Ismail Chowdhari and Aneeq Shafique Sayeed last week in relation to 2007 twin blasts in Hyderabad. These two convicted terrorists have been sentenced to death, while the third Tarik Anjum, a civil engineer graduate, was sentenced to life imprisonment for providing shelter to the other accused. The sentence was given by the Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Court Judge (in-charge) T. Srinivas Rao.

The twin blasts occurred at Gokul Chat and Lumbini Park in Hyderabad had taken the lives of 44 people and hundreds of people had sustained injuries.  The police had found another as many as 19 unexploded bombs in another location in the city after the blasts.

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The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad had arrested five accused in October 2008, who were allegedly Indian Mujahideen operatives. They were charged under section 302 (murder) and other relevant provisions of the IPC and sections of Explosive Substances Act in the twin blasts.

The Central intelligence wing of Telangana had filed charge-sheets against the accused and also had named three others who are absconding, Indian Mujahideen founder Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Amir Reza Khan. According to the prosecution Aneeq Shafique Sayeed, Riyaz Bhatkal and Ismail Chowdhari planted bombs.

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