New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) A court here on Tuesday ordered for framing of charges on August 29 against Indian Mujahideen (IM) militant Yasin Bhatkal and others in two cases related to the 2010 terror attack near the Jama Masjid here.
There was prima facie evidence against Bhatkal, his aide Asadullah Akhtar and eight other IM operatives in the two cases, Additional District and Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma said.
However, the court discharged accused Syed Ismail Afaaque, Abdus Saboor and Riyaz Ahmad Sayeedi in the 2010 Jama Masjid blast case on grounds that it didn’t find any evidence against them.
The three were accused of criminal conspiracy, destruction of evidence and other offences under the Indian Penal Code, apart from the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Arms Act.
Proceedings against one accused was dropped as he is dead.
On September 19, 2010, two motorcycle-borne persons fired at tourists outside Jama Masjid in Old Delhi, injuring two Taiwanese. A mild explosion in an abandoned car also occurred in the area.
Two cases were registered against IM members, including module co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, its chief Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal, for attempt to murder, voluntarily causing hurt and criminal conspiracy and under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Arms Act.
Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal are on the run.
Yasin Bhatkal, arrested along with Akhtar from the India-Nepal border in August 2013, topped the Delhi Police list of 15 most wanted terrorists involved in bombings across the country.