Five acquitted in Mecca Masjid bomb blast case

Nabakumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand

Nabakumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand

The blast took place 11 years ago on 18 May, 2007 during the Friday prayers near the Charminar monument in Hyderabad. Later, all were acquitted by a local court for lack of evidence. While the BJP claimed that the opposition's party's "appeasement politics" of "defaming" Hindus has been exposed, the Congress raised questions on the functioning of the National Investigation Agency. He further stated that the acquittal of the accused was "expected".

Former Union Minister of Home Affairs Shivraj Patil told News18 that he had never used the term "Hindu terror" and expressed his disappointment with the verdict.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) intentionally botched the probe into the 2007 Mecca Masjid blasts in Hyderabad, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi has alleged.

Self-proclaimed monk Aseemanand was also an accused in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast but was acquitted in the case. NIA had taken over the case from the CBI in 2011.

The incident had left 58 others injured. The deceased were later identified as Pakistanis. Later, five more people were killed in subsequent police firing on the crowd outside the mosque. At the time, 10 people were named as accused by the central probing agency. He said it was a biased investigation and NIA was not allowed to pursue the case by its political masters. A bomb erupts, and the investigating authorities arrest a few suspects.

June 2009: CBI made The RSS activist Sunil Joshi prime accused. All are from Madhya Pradesh, according to reports.

The others acquitted are Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Bharath Mohan Lal Rateshwar and Rajendra Choundary.

Of the ten, only five of them - Gupta, Sharma, Aseemanand, Rateshwar, and Chowdhary - were arrested and faced trial in the case. Purohit is an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case.

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