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Chargesheet filed in Hyderabad twin blasts,7 accused named

State anti-terror agency,Octopus,on Friday filed a 1,200-page chargesheet in the August 2007 twin blasts case.

State anti-terror agency,Octopus (Organisation to Counter Terrorist Operations),on Friday filed a 1,200-page chargesheet in the August 2007 twin blasts case.

The chargesheet named seven accused,three of whom are still absconding. The other four accused were arrested by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Mumbai Police after the Ahmedabad and Delhi serial blasts,and are now in jail.

The chargesheet was filed in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at Nampally Criminal Court.

On August 25,2007,simultaneous blasts at Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat House in the city killed 42 people. The case was first investigated by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Hyderabad Police which arrested at least 31 local youth in connection with the blasts. However,all the suspects were later acquitted by the court.

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Last November,the investigation of the twin blasts and one unexploded bomb found near Dilsukhnagar was handed over to Octopus. The agency was aided by the Mumbai Police which last October arrested four operatives of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen after the Ahmedabad and Delhi serial blasts. According to the Mumbai (ATS),seven Indian Mujahideen members,who were involved in the Ahmedabad and Delhi blasts,were behind the Hyderabad’s twin blasts too.

Aniq Shafiq Saiyed,Ansar Ahmed Shaikh,Manzoor Ashgar Pheerbhoy and Akbar Choudhary,who were arrested by Mumbai Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS),were brought to Hyderabad on transfer warrants from Mumbai.

Pheerbhoy is a software engineer who attended a wireless hacking training course in Hyderabad and confessed to have sent the terror email to media houses minutes before the Delhi blasts. According to the chargesheet,it was Riyaz who had parceled the bombs to Hyderabad in an inter-city bus from Pune. He also planted the bomb at Gokul Chat where 32 people were killed. Aniq left the bomb at Lumbini Park while the third bomb planted by Akbar Ismail under the bridge at Dilsukhnagar did not explode.

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Octopus IGP Thirumala Rao told The Indian Express that the agency’s 1200-page chargesheet includes statements of 159 witnesses with over 200 supporting documents. “There are seven accused in the case and four of them are in the Cherapally jail after we brought them from Mumbai. These four have confessed to their roles in the twin blasts in Hyderabad. Riyaz Bhatkal and his brother Iqbal are absconding while one accused Amir Raza is believed to be hiding in Pakistan,” Rao said. The seven IM operatives have been accused with murder,waging a war against the nation and criminal conspiracy.

First published on: 16-05-2009 at 12:28:52 am
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