A metropolitan court in Hyderabad on Monday handed the death sentence to Akbar Ismail Choudhary and Anique Shafique Syeed, in connection with the 2007 twin blasts case, ANI reported. A third man, Mohammad Tariq Anjum, was sentenced to life imprisonment. While Choudhary and Syeed were found guilty on September 4, Anjum was convicted on Monday.
Syeed’s lawyer Gandam Gurumurthy said they will appeal in the High Court against the metropolitan court’s judgement.
The court had acquitted two other accused, Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkish and Mohammad Sadiq Israr Shaiq.
The twin explosions at a popular eatery called Gokul Chat in Lumbini Park killed 42 people and left over 50 injured on August 25, 2007.
The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested the accused, who were believed to be operatives of the Indian Mujahideen group, in October 2008. The counter-intelligence wing of the Telangana Police investigated the case and filed three chargesheets against the accused, some of whom are missing.
A sessions court framed the charges against the accused in August 2013. The court of sessions judge Srinivas Rao completed hearing arguments in the case on August 7.