Hyderabad: A special court for National Investigation Agency (NIA) cases on Monday awarded death sentence to five operatives of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) in connection with the 2013 Dilsukhnagar bomb blasts case.
“The evidence that was placed on record clearly reflects that the suspects executed their plans in a very cool and barbaric manner. For these reasons, we sought capital punishment for them. Accordingly, the court awarded the death sentence,” said Special Public Prosecutor K. Surendra.
The court had on December 13 convicted the five men, Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi (Accused Number-2), Pakistani national Zia-ur-Rahman alias Waqas (A3), Mohammed Tahseen Akhtar alias Hassan (A4), Mohammed Ahmed Siddapa alias Yasin Bhatkal (A5) and Ajaz Shaik alias Samar alias Armaan (A6).
Bhatkal in Pak
All of them were lodged in the Cherlapally Central Prison here.
However, the prime accused and IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal is still absconding and is reportedly holed up in Pakistan. The trial was split up against Bhatkal.
Eighteen persons were killed and 131 sustained injuries in the twin blasts on February 21, 2013. The first blast occurred at the 107 bus stop, while the second one was at the A1 Mirchi Bhajji Centre adjacent to Konark Theatre.
The Hyderabad branch of NIA, which investigated the case, filed three charge-sheets against the suspects in 2014 and 2015. The trial was conducted through a court specially set up for the purpose at the Cherlapally Prison.
Asadullah Akhtar belongs to Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, while Zia-ur-Rahman is from Mustafabad in Pakistan. Mohammed Tahseen Akhtar is from Samastipur in Bihar, Yasin Bhatkal is from Bhatkal village in Karnataka and Ajaz Shaik from Pune, Maharashtra.