Human Rights

Hyderabad twin blast case still unsolved

Hyderabad: Over two years have passed on the twin blasts which took place on 25 August 2007 at Lumbini Park and Gokul Chaat Bhandar but the culprits are still at large, while Muslim youths are still being harassed in the name of investigations. A total of 43 persons had died in those blasts with 70 injured.. Hyderabad city police had indicted innocent Muslim youths and false cases were registered against them but when the charges against the Muslim youths proved wrong, all the arrested Muslim youths were released by court. Meanwhile, Mumbai police informed its Hyderabad counterparts about the arrest in Mumbai of the bomb blasts culprits claiming that “Indian Mujahideen” had a hand in the blasts. As a result, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Hyderabad police, after initial  investigations, handed over the case to Octopus force which arranged the release of  the main accused Akbar Ismail Chowdhry, Atique Shafiq Syed, Mohammad Asrar Sadiq Sheikh and Ansar Ahmed Basha from Mumbai and shifted them to Hyderabad to present them in the Octopus court. The court took the four “Indian Mujahideen” members in its custody. After investigations, it was disclosed that they had avenged the bomb blasts which occurred in the city’s Makkah  Masjid on 18 May 2007. During the interrogations, the accused allegedly said that Hindu fanatics had planted the bombs in Makkah Masjid. They also allegedly said that the founder of Indian Mujahideen, Riyaz Bhatkal and his master Amer Raza had jointly committed the crime of the blasts. Octopus has filed its chargesheet for three trials related to the twin bomb blasts in the month of March this year whereas the hearing of this case is still pending.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 October 2009 on page no. 13

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