Yasin Bhatkal, four others sentenced to death in Hyderabad blasts case

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Five Indian Mujahideen operatives have been sentenced to death for their involvement in February 2013 Hyderabad blasts case by special NIA court. Among those being awarded the death penalty are IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, Pakistani national Zia-ur-Rahman and 3 others, reported PTI.
Yasin Bhatkal
They were accused of fastening bombs to bicycles ripped through Hyderabad’s bustling Dilsukhnagar locality, where 18 people were killed and 131 others injured.
They were convicted last week by the special court inside the fortified Charlapally prison.

This is the first case that any operative of the IM has been convicted.

On December 13, the court convicted the five members, including IM co-founder Mohd Ahmed Sidibapa alias Yasin Bhatkal, Pakistani national Zia-ur-Rahman alias Waqas, Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, Tahaseen Akhtar alias Monu and Ajaz Shaikh, who are at present in judicial custody and lodged in the Cherlapally Central Prison here.

Eighteen people were killed and 131 injured in two deadly explosions in Dilsukhnagar, a crowded shopping area in the city, on February 21, 2013.

On November 7, the final arguments had concluded in the case before the NIA special court.

Since IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal, the prime accused in the case, is absconding, the trial was split up against him.

The court convicted Yasin Bhatkal and others under various sections of Indian Penal Code, Arms Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The NIA special court, after hearing the defence and prosecution’s arguments, pronounced the quantum of sentence.

According to NIA, Riyaz Bhatkal arranged for explosive substances and directed Asadullah Akhtar and Zia-ur-Rahman at Mangalore to receive the same.

After receiving the explosive materials and the money sent by Riyaz through hawala and money transfer channels, Asadullah Akhtar and Waqas reportedly reached Hyderabad and joined Tahseen Akhtar, who was already hiding there, it had said.

Together they allegedly prepared two IEDs after procuring the other required materials as well as two cycles for mounting the IEDs from Hyderabad, the agency had said.

After preparation of the IEDs on 21 February, 2013, the accused mounted two bombs on two bicycles. They had planted them in two separate places in Dilsukhnagar which resulted in powerful explosions, it had said.

Bhatkal is also main accused in a blast outside a Bangalore cricket stadium in 2010 before a match was scheduled to take place. Along with this, he is allegedly responsible for a long list of terror attacks in Hyderabad and Bangalore.
He was arrested from Bihar last year.

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