New Delhi, Feb 13: A Delhi court on Tuesday framed conspiracy charges against Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal in connection with the serial blasts in Delhi in September 2008.
The charges were framed under the Unlawful Activities Act, the Indian Penal Code and the Explosive Substances Act. The charges included criminal conspiracy, conspiracy for committing terror act and being a member of a terror organisation. The charges were framed against his associate.
Bhatkal was arrested by the National Investigation Agency from Indo-Nepal border on the night of August 28, 2013. Later, Delhi Police took his custody in blast case at Greater Kailash-I.
The present case relates to the twin explosions at Greater Kailash-I in South Delhi in which nine people were injured. Five cases were filed in connection with blasts at Ghaffar Market in Karol Bagh, Greater Kailash 1 and Barakhamba Road near Connaught Place in the national Capital. A bomb had been recovered near India Gate. The trial court had clubbed all the cases for the purpose of framing charges.
Last year a Delhi court had framed charges against Bhatkal and nine other accused in the 2010 Jama Masjid blast case. On September 19, 2010, two motorists had shot at tourists near Jama Masjid in Old Delhi. There was also an explosion from a bomb placed in a car nearby. Two Taiwanese nationals were injured in the incident.
Extremist group Indian Mujahideen had claimed responsibility for several attacks in the country, including the 2008 Ahmedabad blasts, the 2008 Delhi bombings and the Bodh Gaya blasts in 2013.
The blast has killed 26 people and 135 others injured. The court has fixed February 28 as the next date for hearing in the matter.