An NIA court on Tuesday convicted Indian Mujahideen terrorist Yasin Bhatkal and four others in 2013 Hyderabad Blast case. Bhatkal, who is reportedly a co-founder of IM, was arrested in 2013. The twin blast in Hyderabad’s Dilsukhnagar area had claimed 16 lives. The blasts were triggered by IEDs planted near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in the market area of the city. Bhatkal, who hails from Bhatkal village of Udupi district in North Karnataka, is wanted in a number of terror attacks in Pune, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Surat, Bangalore, and Hyderabad. The twin blasts had claimed 16 lives and were triggered by IEDs planted near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad on February 21, 2013.
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The main accused in the case and key conspirator, Riyaz Bhatkal, is still absconding. Bhatkal, who hails from Bhatkal village of Udupi district in North Karnataka, is wanted in a string of terror attacks in Ahmedabad, Surat, Bangalore, Pune, Delhi and Hyderabad. The NIA, in its ruling said that IM, which was banned by the Centre on June 22, 2009, was involved in the November 2007 blasts. These blasts include Varanasi, Faizabad and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, Mumbai serial blasts of July 11, 2006 and the Hyderabad twin blasts of August 25, 2007.