NIA files charge sheet in Hyderabad blasts case

NIA files charge sheet in Hyderabad blasts case

Suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists had conducted a “test blast” on a hillock in Hyderabad before they carried out the twin terror strikes in Dilsukhnagar last February, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said on Friday.

The agency filed a charge sheet in the twin blasts case on Friday in a special NIA court in Hyderabad in which they have named Yasin Bhatkal and his close aide Asadullah Akthar among others. Eighteen people were killed and 131 injured.

The chargesheet claimed that the main operative of the module was Riyaz Bhatkal, the first accused in the case. Riyaz directed Akthar and Waqas, who is yet to be nabbed, to find a hideout in Mangalore where they could receive explosives.

Asadullah and Waqas left Mangalore for Hyderabad after receiving the explosives and money sent through hawala where they set up a hideout in Abdullapurmet where another operative Tehseen Akthar joined them.

“The three of them prepared two IEDs while staying there. The other required materials for preparing the bomb such as pressure cooker, timers etc were arranged in Hyderabad and after preparation of the bomb on February 21, 2013, they had mounted two IEDs on two bicycles and planted them in two separate places in Dilsukhnagar,” the statement said.

After procuring the explosive materials, the trio allegedly conducted ­a test blast in a hillock in Abdullapurmet. The investigators claimed that they have recovered many materials in the form of remnants of exploded bomb from the test blast site.