Hyderabad twin blasts case verdict likely on August 27

Hyderabad: The trial of the twin blast case of 2007 has come to an end and the special court will deliver its verdict on August 27. However one of the four accused Syed Aneeq Shafque has told the court that he was innocent and the police had extracted a confession from him by torturing him.

Forty-two people were killed and 50 were injured when two powerful bombs exploded at crowded places at Lumbini Park and popular eatery Gokul Chat Bhandar in Kothi area, while a third bomb was found and deactivated at another crowded market of Dilsukhnagar. The bombs had exploded one after the other in the busy evening hours on August 25, 2007.


After the completion of final argument Sessions Judge Srinivas Rao, who heard the case in make shift courtroom in Charalapally Central jail fixed the date of August 27 for delivering the judgement against four accused.

The four against whom three charge sheets were filed by the Counter Intelligence cell of Hyderabad police include Anique, Akbar Islami Choudhary, Mohammad Sadiq Shaikh and Ansar Ahmad Badshah Shaikh, all from Maharashtra. The charge sheet filed in 2013 after a prolonged investigation said that the accused were responsible for conspiracy and carrying out the blast. They were charged for murder and also under the Explosive Substances Act.

Special public prosecutor Seshu Reddy said three other accused including the prime accused Riyaz Bhatkar of Indian Mujahideen were absconding.

However in a written statement submitted to the court Aneeq said that in 2008 when he was in custody of Mumbai police he was tortured and given electric shocks to his private parts and even a revolver was aimed at him with a threat to shoot him down to force him to confess his involvement in the twin blasts.

Pleading to the court that he was framed in the case, Anique said in the five page statement that he never visited Hyderabad.

“I had no idea what was happening in my life. Police kept changing their demands. I was scared of third degree torture. At times they gave me electric shocks to sensitive parts of my body including private parts. At times they pulled guns on me as they will shoot me then and there. Although I was alive but they succeeded in instilling fear in me”, he said hoping that justice will be done to him and the judiciary will not disappoint him.

He also pointed out that in Malegaon and Germany Bakery blast cases also police had made false claims and created a false story to frame the accused.

The investigating officer had said in the charge sheet that Aneeq had given confession voluntarily and he had led the police to the place in Habsiguda where he had stayed before the blast. Officer also said that Aniq had entered into a rental agreement with the owner of the place.

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