Death Sentence for 2: Gokul Chat, Lumbini Park Blasts

Death Sentence for 2: Gokul Chat, Lumbini Park Blasts

After 11 long years, the verdict has been pronounced in the 2007 Hyderabad twin blasts that had killed 44 people and injured several.

The Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court, which had convicted three convicts in the synchronized twin blasts at Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat on Aug 25, 2007, awarded death punishment to two convicts and the third convict was given life imprisonment. Aneeq Sayeed and Ismail Chaudhary were sentenced to death while Tariq Anjum was given the life sentence. Two powerful explosions were carried out highly populous areas - one famous eatery in Koti and other at a laser shown in the public park that created mayhem claiming 44 lives and wounding over 68.

The court had found the two guilty in blasts on September 4, 2018, while Anjum was convicted on Sep 10, 2018. Aneeq, Ismail and Tariq were allegedly associated with the Islamic Terrorist group Indian Mujahideen. Aneeq Sayeed, Ismail Chaudhary and Tariq Anjum were arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad in October 2008. They were charged under section 302 (murder) and other relevant provisions of the IPC and sections of Explosive Substances Act in the 2007 Hyderabad twin blasts.

Three charge sheets were filed against Mohammed Sadiq, Ansar Ahmed Badshah Shaik, Akber Ismail and Anique Shafeeq Syed and others - some of whom are still absconding. The Counter Intelligence (CI) wing of Telangana Police had filed the three charge sheets. According to the prosecution, Aneeq Shafique Sayeed allegedly planted the bomb at Lumbini Park while Riyaz Bhatkal planted the bomb at Gokul Chat while the unexploded bomb was planted by Ismail Chaudhary. The Bhatkal brothers of Karnataka are suspected to have taken shelter in Pakistan.

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