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Court orders framing of charges against Bhatkal

Prime News, National, New Delhi, August 1:- A Delhi court today ordered framing of charges against Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Yasin Bhatkal and 10 others in the 2010 Jama Masjid blast case, discharged other three accused.

The discharged accused are Syed Ismail Affaque, Abdus Saboor and Riyaz Ahmad Sayeedi, who were named in the charge sheet by the police.

The case pertains to an explosion near the historic Jama Masjid here on September 19, 2010 soon after two suspected IM operatives had fired at a bus from which foreign tourists were descending near a gate of the mosque. Today’s order came on the blast incident.

The police had also said IM operatives had planned that foreign tourists found near Jama Masjid would be randomly shot and a bomb blast would be executed there for maximum casualty.
It had claimed that Bhatkal had prepared a pressure cooker Improvised Explosive Device (IED), which was planted in the car parked outside Jama Masjid, and an explosion had taken place.
The court had on July 18 reserved its order on whether to put Bhatkal on trial in four separate terror cases, including the Jama Masjid blast case, after concluding the hearing of arguments on charges in the cases.

Bhatkal was awarded the death penalty by a Special National Investigating Agency (NIA) Court in December last year in a case related to the 2013 Hyderabad bomb blasts, which had claimed 18 lives.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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