At last, after 11 years of painful wait, the victims and family members of the 42 people who lost their lives in the 2007 twin Hyderabad bomb blasts finally got justice. The National Investigative Agency (NIA) special court in Hyderabad today found two people guilty out of the five accused. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on next Monday.
At 7:45 pm on August 25, 2007, two blasts at the iconic Gokul Chat Bhandar and the Lumbini Park took the lives of 32 and 10 people respectively. More than 50 people were injured in the twin blasts. An unexploded bomb was recovered from a busy area in Dilsukhnagar.
The NIA special court convicted Aneeq Shafiq Sayeed and Ismail Chaudhary, who planted the bombs at Lumbini Park and Dilsukhnagar respectively. Another chief accused, Riyaz Bhatkal, alleged founder of Indian Mujahideen that carried out the blasts, planted the bomb at the Gokul Chat Bhandar. Riyaz immediately escaped to Pakistan with ISI’s help.
In October 2008, the Maharashtra Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) arrested Aneeq Shafiq Sayeed, Ismail Chaudhary, Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash, Mohammed Sadiq Israr Ahmed Shaik and Tariq Anjum. The accused, who are lodged at the Cherlapally Central Jail were produced in front of the court via a video conference. The court today acquitted Farooq and Sadiq. Verdict on Tariq’s involvement in the blasts will be out on Monday.