Jama Masjid attack case: Court fixes hearing on May 24

April 30, 2014 06:40 pm | Updated December 04, 2021 11:25 pm IST - New Delhi

This September 19, 2010 shows Gate 3 of the Jama Masjid, near where two foreign tourists were shot at.

This September 19, 2010 shows Gate 3 of the Jama Masjid, near where two foreign tourists were shot at.

A court in New Delhi on Wednesday fixed May 24, 2014 for hearing a case against Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar who were charged by the Delhi Police in connection with the September 2010 Jama Masjid terror attack case.

Additional Sessions Judge Daya Prakash posted the matter for May 24 after the counsel appearing for both the accused said that scrutiny of documents filed along with the charge sheet was going on.

The Special Cell of Delhi Police had recently filed a charge sheet against the two top IM men under various sections of IPC including sections 307 (attempt to murder), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Arms Act.

The police had claimed in the charge sheet that IM’s India operations chief Yasin Bhatkal was instructed by Pakistan-based handlers to carry out terror attacks just before the beginning of 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) which were held in Delhi.

It had said the conspiracy for the attack was hatched to “dissuade foreign nations from participating in the same (CWG) and to portray the image of India, the host nation, as a weak and disturbed nation”.

The police claimed that Bhatkal had planned to carry out the terror strike at Jama Masjid here and on September 19, 2010, IM operatives opened fire at tourists getting down from a bus near gate number 3 of the mosque. Two Taiwanese tourists had sustained bullet injuries.

Bhatkal had also planted a pressure cooker IED in a car outside the Jama Masjid and a mild explosion had taken place after the firing incident, it said.

Bhatkal and Akhtar were arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) from India-Nepal border on the night of August 28, 2013. They were wanted for their roles in a string of terror attacks in the country.

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