Dilsukhnagar blasts case: Yasin Bhatkal, Riyaz Bhatkal and 3 others get death sentence

The two blasts on February 21, 2013 killed 18 people and injured 130 others in a packed market. This is the first time that any leader from the Indian Mujahideen has been convicted and sentenced to death.

Dilsukhnagar blasts case: Yasin Bhatkal, Riyaz Bhatkal and 3 others get death sentence

Indian Mujahideen founder Yasin Bhatkal and four others were on Monday sentenced to death for the Hyderabad blasts of 2013 that took place in Dilsukhnagar on the outskirts of the then Andhra Pradesh capital. The judgement which was handed out by a special court constituted to hear cases in which almost 150 witnesses testified.




The two blasts on February 21, 2013 killed 18 people and injured 130 others in a packed market. This is the first time that any leader from the Indian Mujahideen has been convicted and sentenced to death.

Apart from Yasin Bhatkal, the others convicted include his brother and Indian Mujahideen co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal, Pakistani national Ziaur Rehman, Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi of Uttar Pradesh, Tahseen Akhtar alias Monu of Bihar, and Aizaz Saeed Shaik alias Aijaz Shaikh of Maharashtra. The five had been convicted for offences including waging war against the country, criminal conspiracy and murder.

Yasin Bhatkal was arrested from Bihar in late August 2013. Riyaz Bhatkal is believed to be in Pakistan and figures on India's most-wanted list.

The UPA 2 government had banned the Indian Mujahideen as a terrorist group in 2010.