Telangana State Prisons Dept informs Centre, Pak Embassy

THE HANS INDIA |   Jan 12,2017 , 03:18 AM IST


IM operatives on death row

Hyderabad: The Telangana State Prisons Department on Wednesday dispatched separate letters to the Pakistan Embassy and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) about the death punishment awarded to five of Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives in the 2013 Dilsukhnagar twin blasts case and the subsequent turn of events.

It may be recalled that last month the NIA special court had awarded death punishment to five IM operatives - Yasin Bhatkal aka Mohammed Ahmed Siddibappa Zarar, Asadullah Akhtar aka Haddi, Zia Ur Rahman aka Waqas, Mohammed Tahseen Akhtar aka Hassan and Ajaz Shaik aka Samar, sources said.

The letters have been sent as part of protocol, since one of the terrorists, Zia Ur Rahman aka Waqas, is a Pakistani national. The Prisons Department needs to inform the MHA because all the terrorists who had been awarded death punishment are presently lodged in the central prison at Cherlapally.

“The Pakistan Embassy will send the information to the Pakistan government and also to the family of Waqas since they might want to meet him,” the sources said. Meanwhile, sources in the State government said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had sought permission to transport the five IM operatives to other places in the country as they were accused in some other cognizable offences as well.

A government order prevents any investigating agency from taking the inmates in Telangana prisons to other states until completion of the trial against them. Now that the trial against the five IM operatives has been completed and the NIA court has passed a verdict awarding death punishment, the agency wants to produce the terrorists in other courts in various parts of the country, sources said.

Although the government is yet to grant permission, four of the IM operatives, except Ajaz Shaik, are supposed to appear before a Delhi court on January 13, sources said.

By B G Rajeswar