Hyderabad: The Prisons department has conveyed death sentence awarded to 24-year-old Pakistani national Zia-ur-Rahman to the Pakistan Embassy in New Delhi.
In a letter addressed to Embassy, prison officials said Rahman alias Waqas got capital punishment along five other Indian Mujaheedin (IM) operatives Riyaz Bhatkal, Asadullah Akhtar, Tahseen Akhtar, Ajaz Shaikh and Yasin Bhatkal for their involvement in the 2013 Dilsukhnagar twin blasts.
Waqas was accused number 3 in the case. Sources said Waqas came to Nepal for one month on a tourist visa from Pakistan on a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight in September 2010, a month after securing a passport from Faisalabad in the name of Zia-ur-Rahaman.
His permanent residential address was Chek No 296, Gojara, Toba Tek Singh in Mustafabad, Punjab, Pakistan. He along with Tahseen Akhtar alias Monu alias Sameer was arrested by the Special Cell, Delhi police, in March 2014.
The duo was produced in the Special Court for NIA cases in April 2014 in Hyderabad as he and the five IM operatives were involved in Dilsukhnagar twin blasts, which snuffed out the lives of 18 people and injured 131 people.
In the charge-sheet, the NIA said Waqas and Asadullah Akhtar alias Hadi, who hails from Bangladesh, underwent training in Pakistan. Riyaz Bhatkal, the prime accused in the twin blasts, and currently believed to be taking shelter in Pakistan, deputed Waqas and Asadullah Akhtar from Pakistan to India via Nepal. Tahseen received Waqas and Asadullah Akhtar at Kathmandu, from where the trio reached Samastipur in Bihar to meet Yasin Bhatkal.
NIA said Asadullah Akhtar, Waqas, Tahseen and Yasin Bahtkal carried out terror attacks in Delhi, Varanasi, Mumbai and Pune. Waqas and Tahseen later plotted the bomb blasts in Hyderabad while staying in Mangalore.
Meanwhile, the prisons officials have enhanced security in Cherlapally central prison where the five are currently lodged.