Yasin Bhatkal and four other Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives were sentenced to death on December 19, 2016 in relation to the twin blasts in Hyderabad in 2013. The blasts which occurred at Dilshuk Nagar killed 130 people. Yasin Bhatkal is the founder of the terror outfit and this is the first time the National Investigative Agency (NIA) has convicted a top leader of the organisation.
Yasin Bhatkal, Haddi, Zia Ur Rehman, Mohammed Akhtar and Ajaz Shaikh were held guilty by an NIA court on December 13. However, the prime suspect and the mastermind behind the attack, Riyaz Bhatkal (Yasin Bhatkal’s brother) is on the run and is believed to be in Pakistan.
As reported by the Firstpost, “It was a wonderful investigation carried out by the team in which every evidence was examined minutely. This is the first ever conviction of Indian Mujahideen cadres,” said Sharad Kumar, Director General of NIA.
According to the Hindustan Times, “The NIA court felt that the twin blasts case falls in the category of rarest of rarest crimes and hence, all the five accused are liable for death sentence,” the National Investigation Agency (NIA) advocate told reporters.
Besides the death sentence, the court also imposed penalties ranging from Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000 on the five convicts.
Sources: Indian Express, Hindustan Times, NDTV, FirstPost