Hyderabad, Dec 13: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Tuesday convicted five terrorists of Indian Mujahideen in 2013 Hyderabad blasts case that killed 16 people and injured over 83. Among the five convicted, Yasin Bhatkal, founder leader of the proscribed terrorist organisation Indian Mujahideen (IM) is also included. The NIA court stated that sentence will be pronounced on December 19. Bhatkal was listed on the NIA Most Wanted until his arrest on the India-Nepal border in Bihar on 28 August 2013.
Two blasts occurred in the city of Hyderabad on 21 February 2013, at around 7 PM. The Hyderabad Police, the bombs were placed on bicycles. The bombs exploded in Dilsukhnagar, a crowded shopping area within 100 metres (330 ft) of each other. The first explosion occurred outside a roadside eatery named A1 Mirchi, next to the Anand Tiffin Centre and opposite the Konark movie hall, followed by the second one two minutes later near the Route 107 bus stand close to the Venkatadri theatre.(ALSO READ: Hyderabad twin blasts case: NIA files 2nd charge sheet)
As the Hyderabad Police continued investigating in the serial blasts case, they detained six people for questioning. The NIA conducted raids at various places in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Maharashtra, looking for alleged terror modules. Forensic investigation revealed that the two bombs used were packed with huge amounts of iron nails and bolts and ammonium nitrate, which were held together with a copper string.