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2007 Hyderabad Blasts: Justice after 11 years

The Hyderabad blasts victims have finally got justice. A metropolitan court on Monday pronounced quantum of punishment for terrorists convicted in 2007 twin blasts case. 2 have been granted capital punishment, while one has been given life term. MD Akbar Ismail Chowdhari and Aneeq Shafique Sayeed were given the capital punishment, while third convict Tariq Anjum was awarded life sentence.

On September 4, Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge (in-charge) T Srinivas Rao had pronounced Aneeq Shafique Sayeed and Mohammed Akbar Ismail Chowdhari guilty in the 11-year-old case, but acquitted Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash and Mohammed Sadiq Israr Ahmed Shaik.

Two powerful explosions had ripped through a popular eatery and an open air theatre on August 25, 2007, killing 44 people and wounding 68. Two synchronised blasts had rocked Gokul Chaat, a popular eatery, killing 32 people and leaving 47 injured, and an open air theatre in Lumbini Park close to the state secretariat where 12 people died and 21 wounded.

Three other accused named in the chargesheets filed by police, including ‘Indian Mujahideen’ founder Riyaz Bhatkal, his brother Iqbal, and Amir Reza Khan are absconding. The Bhatkal brothers of Karnataka are believed to have taken shelter in Pakistan.

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