Framing of charges begins against four

The chargesheets say the accused were responsible for placing 21 bombs at various locations in the city.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published: August 29, 2013 12:44 am

Six years after blasts at a Hyderabad eatery and an open air theatre left 42 people dead,a local court here on Wednesday started framing charges against four alleged Indian Mujahideen operatives for their involvement in the terror act.

The four — Saiyed Anique Shafiq ,Mohammed Sadiq,Akbar Ismail Choudhary and Ansar Ahmed Sheikh — were,on Wednesday,produced at the court of Second Metropolitan Sessions Judge.

Octopus (Organisation to Counter Terrorist Operations),the anti-terror agency of Andhra Pradesh,had filed three chargesheets in 2009 in which seven people were named. Apart from the four arrested,the agency named IM mastermind Riyaz Bhatkal,Iqbal Bhatkal,Amir Reza and Faruq Sharfuddin.

The chargesheets say the accused were responsible for placing 21 bombs at various locations in the city of which two exploded on August 25,2007. The blast at Gokul Chat Bhandar,a popular eatery in Kothi area,killed 32 people,while 10 more died at the open air theatre Lumbini Park. A third bomb,which did not explode,was found under a foot over-bridge in Dilsukhnagar area.

The next day,the police recovered 18 unexploded bombs from the city. They failed to explode due to faulty wiring,the police said. The first arrest was made by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad in October 2008. Subsequently all the four accused were arrested from various parts of Maharashtra. The framing of charges will continue Thursday.

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