NIA court acquits all five accused in Mecca Masjid blast case

Mecca Masjid blast accused Swami Aseemanand

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All the five men were present in the court hearing, today.

There was no information if his decision was linked to the verdict or some other issue. Swami Aseemnand was already out in bail while a Rajasthan court in 2017 sentenced Devendra Gupta and another person to life in jail. They are Sandeep V Dange, also former RSS pracharak and Ramchandra Kalsangra, electrician-cum-RSS activist.

A powerful explosion took place 11 years ago on May 18, 2007 during the Friday prayers near the Charminar monument in Hyderabad.

The 2007 blast claimed 14 lives - including five caused by police firing - and almost 60 were injured.

Ten persons were named as accused in the case but only five of them were arrested and sent up for trial.

Owaisi, in an earlier tweet, claimed that the NIA did not properly pursue the case, leading to the acquittal of the accused. One of the accused Sunil Joshi, a former RSS activist of Madhya Pradesh was murdered even as the case was under investigation, while two other accused were still eluding the investigation. After a thorough investigation, the case has been transferred to the CBI.

The NIA presented a total of 226 witnesses.

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Soon after the blast, a special investigation team (SIT) was constituted by the then Hyderabad police commissioner Balwinder Singh to probe the blast. Subsequently, the NIA took over the case from the CBI in 2011.

During the investigation, Aseemanand had changed his statements many times.

Mohammad Irfan had spotted the second bomb and handed it to the bomb squad on the fateful day at the mosque.

Of the 10, five of them were arrested and faced trial in the case.

Reacting to the acquittal, Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi said justice had not been done and that the ruling will weaken the fight against terrorism.

The case is sure to have political repercussions. The BJP has maintained its stance of not commenting on the judgment and said that the Indian Judiciary is independent.

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