The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sentenced death to Yasin Bhatkal and 4 others in Hyderabad Blasts case of 2013. Yasin Bhatkal is the co-founder of the terror organization Indian Mujahideen (IM). This is the first time that IM members are convicted in terror case. IM has been banned since 2010 due to its terror activities.
The NIA said that “Indian Mujahideen conspired to wage a war against India.” The special NIA court convicted Yasin Bhatkal and others under various sections of Indian Penal Code, Arms Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal, the prime accused in the case, is still absconding.
The IM members detonated two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) near the bustling Dilsukhnagar bus stop. 18 people died and 130 were injured in twin blasts in February 2013 at a packed shopping area in Dilsukhnagar, Hyderabad.
NIA prosecutor Surender, citing judgement of different courts presented to the Judge that convicts should be given death sentence. He said that “the Constitution has given right to life to the civilians but the five convicts killed 18 persons by detonating explosive devised at Dilsukhnagar. Hence should be awarded highest punishment.”
Interestingly, the defense advocate did not turn up nor were the family members of the five seen anywhere near the Cherlapalli Central Prison.
Last week, Asadullah Akthar alias Haddi, Zia Ur Rahman alias Waqas, Mohammed Tahseen Akthar alias Hassan, Ahmed Siddibappa Zarrar alias Yasin Bhatkal and Ajaz Shaikh — were held guilty for the February 21, 2013 twin blasts in Hyderabad.
According to NIA statements “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 reached Hyderabad and joined Tahseen Akhtar, who was already hiding there.”
NIA also said that “Together they 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.”