Friday, 20 April, 2018

Mecca Masjid blast verdict: Security stepped up in Hyderabad

India Majlis-e Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi addressing the media in Hyderabad last year. Owaisi has claimed that many witnesses in the Mecca Masjid blast case turned hostile after 2014 when the BJP came to power Five accused in Mecca Masjid bomb blast case acquitted
Patty Aguilar | 16 April, 2018, 11:48

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court has acquitted all the five accused, including Swami Aseemanand, in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case. In view of this, police made elaborate arrangements in Nampally Criminal Court area.

The blast which took place at the Mecca Masjid which is adjacent to the historic Charminar in the Old City during Friday prayers had left 9 dead, 58 injured.

The hearing of the case was completed last week and IV Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge and Special Judge for NIA had fixed 16th April for pronouncing the judgment.

Two other accused- Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra- are absconding, while one of the accused, Sunil Joshi of Madhya Pradesh, was murdered while the case was being investigated.

In a similar case of Ajmer Dargah blast case in March 2017, a court in Rajasthan had sentenced Devendra Gupta and others for life in jail.

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Eleven years after the powerful explosion claimed nine lives and injured more than 50 people during the Friday, the court held that none of the charges framed against the accused were proved. Two live IEDs were also recovered by police and defused.

Then after that, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took the case in its hands from the CBI in 2011.

All 10 accused are members of a right-wing Hindu organisation called the Abhinav Bharat.

NIA had arrested Aseemanand, Bharat Bhai and other RSS workers and filed chargesheet against them.

To get testimony, a total of 226 witnesses were examined during the trial, and a total 411 documents were exhibited.

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