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Charge sheet filed in 2008 serial blasts case

Friday, 4 April 2014 - 8:05am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

Delhi Police on Thursday charge sheeted 29 Indian Mujahideen operatives, including its co-founder Riyaz, Yasin and Iqbal Bhatakal, in two separate cases of September 13 serial blasts in New Delhi.

The special cell filed two reports in which 29 accused were charge sheeted for various offences under IPC. Apart from Bhatakals, the main accused in charg sheet, wanted top IM operatives Bhatkals, wanted top IM operatives, including Aamir Raza Khan, Abu Al-Qama, Dr Shahnawaj and Mirza Shadab Beg, were also named as accused in both the charge sheets.

16 out of 29 accused, including Yasin Bhatakal and Assadullah Akhtar, have been arrested by various agencies whereas 11 of these accused are still absconding. The other two accused Mohd Atif Ameen and Mohd Sajid were killed in 2008 Batla house encounter.

The serial blast had claimed 26 lives and had left 135 people injured.

"From the investigation conducted so far, it is revealed that accused Yasin Bhatkal and Asadullah Akhtar. Along with other arrested members of banned terrorist outfit IM were part of conspiracy for blasts in Delhi on September 13, 2008 at various places including at Gaffar Market, Karol Bagh resulted in waging war against the nation, carrying out unlawful activities as terrorist group in Delhi," reads the chargesheet.

Giving details of the involvement of Yasin Bhatakal, special cell said that Riyaz had instructed Yasin to make a 'boat type explosive box' for the blasts and accordingly Yasin purchased raw material which mainly included nails and aluminum sheets from a hardware shop in Udupi Karnataka. According to cell, Yasin told police that Riyaz had provided him with gelatine rods to prepare the explosives.

Detailing the roles of the accused, the special cell said that Yasin Bhatkal had disclosed that in last week of August 2008, Riyaz Bhatkal had asked him to make "boat-type explosive box" for the serial blasts and accordingly, he purchased nails and aluminium sheets from a hardware shop at Udupi in Karnataka.

It also claimed that Yasin has told the police that Riyaz had given him gelatine rods to prepare the explosives. Special cell also revealed that Yasin had taken the operatives to a rented farm house in Chikmagalur in Karnataka where he had prepared explosives for carrying out the blasts in Delhi on September 13, 2008.

It also said that in August 2008, Akhtar and some other accused, including Atif Ameen, came to Delhi and took a flat on rent in Batla House.

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