Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and 4 others were convicted by Hyderabad court for the Dilsukhnagar blasts.

This is the first time the Indian Mujahideen (IM) cadre have been convicted.Bhatkal was arrested in 2013.The twin blasts had claimed 16 lives and were triggered by IEDs planted near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad on February 21, 2013.

Bhatkal, who hails from Bhatkal village of Udupi district in North Karnataka, is wanted in a string of terror attacks in Ahmedabad, Surat, Bangalore, Pune, Delhi and Hyderabad, according to an earlier PTI report.

The NIA has said that IM, which was banned by the Centre on June 22, 2009, was involved in the November 2007 blasts in courts of Varanasi, Faizabad and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, the Varanasi blast of July 11, 2006, the Mumbai serial blasts of July 11, 2006 and the Hyderabad twin blasts of August 25, 2007.

Besides this, Jaipur blast of May 13, 2008, Ahmedabad serial blasts of July 26, 2008, September 13, 2008 serial blasts in Delhi, Pune’s German Bakery blast in February 2010, Chinnaswami stadium blast in Bangalore on April 17, 2010 and Mumbai serial blasts of July 13, 2011 were also allegedly carried out by IM, the NIA said earlier. 

Source – The Hindu

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