Court deferred verdict in Hyderabad twin blasts to Sep 4

An NIA special court today deferred its judgment in the Hyderabad twin blasts, which claimed 42 lives and left over 50 injured in 2007, to September 4. Sessions judge T Srinivasa Rao, was expected to deliver the verdict– given that the arguments and counter-arguments in the case had been completed on August 7. But the verdict was put off until next month after the judge subjected five accused lodged at the Cherlapalli central jail to a final round of questioning through video conferencing.

Eleven years earlier twin bomb blasts at Gokul Chat and Lumbini Park in Hyderabad claimed 42 lives and left over 50 injured. The blast at a popular eatery, Gokul Chat, killed 32 people, while 10 more died at the open air theatre at Lumbini Park, a few metres from the state Secretariat. More than 50 people were injured in the near-simultaneous blasts. 

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had filed a total of three charge sheets, running into over 1,100 pages against eight accused. Family members and relatives of the victims on Saturday observed the 11th anniversary of the twin blasts that took place on August 25, 2007.

In August 2013, the second Metropolitan Sessions Judge court had framed charges against Aneeq Shafiq Syed, Mohammed Sadiq, Akbar Ismail Choudhary and Ansar Ahmed Badhsah Sheikh – all alleged Indian Mujahideen operatives.

The accused were charged under section 302 (murder) and other relevant provisions of the IPC and sections of Explosive Substances Act in connection with the twin blasts and also with regard to recovery of an unexploded bomb that was found under a foot over-bridge at Dilsuknagar area in Hyderabad.

The alleged IM men are among those arrested by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad in October 2008 and later taken into custody by the Gujarat Police.

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