Mecca Masjid blast verdict: NIA court acquits all accused in the case -
Mecca Masjid blast verdict: NIA court acquits all accused in the case
Posted 16 Apr 2018 01:17 PM

The special NIA court in Hyderabad on Monday acquitted five accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case. Citing lack of evidence, the court said that the investigation agnecy had failed to prove anyone’s guilt. Ten persons, all members of Abhinav Bharat, including Nabakumar Sirkar alias Swami Aseemanand; Devender Gupta; Lokesh Sharma alias Ajay Tiwari, Lakshman Das Maharaj, Mohanlal Rateshwar and Rajender Chowdhary were named as accused in the case. Two accused, Ramchandra Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange, are still absconding. A key accused and RSS functionary, Sunil Joshi, was shot when the case was being investigated.

The pipe bomb explosion at the historic Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad killed eight and left 58 others injured. Five others were also killed after police opened fire to control a rioting mob during the Friday prayers in Mecca Masjid on May 18, 2007.

Read | 2007 Mecca Masjid blast: A timeline of events

After an initial investigation by the local police, the case was transferred to CBI, which filed a chargesheet. The NIA took over the probe in April 2011. A total of 226 witnesses were examined during the trial and as many as 411 documents exhibited. During the examination, 64 of them, including Lt Col Shrikant Purohit, turned hostile.
NIA to take further action after examining the verdict
NIA will examine the court judgment after they get a copy. Further course of action will be decided only after that

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"People who perpetrated the Mecca Masjid attack were protected through misuse of NIA. This is what is alarming. How do you compensate those who suffered and were maligned? Will Congress or anyone else who propagated this theory compensate them?" RVS Mani, former MHA Under-Secretary said

All accused acquitted
All accused in the Macca Masjid blast case were acquitted by the special NIA court in Hyderabad. No evidence was presented the court said in its judgment

11:27 (IST)
16 APR 2018

NIA's forensic reports suggested a link between the blasts at Malegaon (2006, 2008), Ajmer Sharif (2007), Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad (2007), Modasa in Gujarat (2008) and on board the Samjhauta Express (2006). In March 2017, Aseemanand, was acquitted in the Ajmer Shareef Dargah blast case. He was later given bail by a court in Hyderabad

11:17 (IST)
16 APR 2018

Man who heard Swami Aseemanand’s ‘confession’ says he wants to write memoir
Shaik Abdul Kaleem, 27, whom Swami Aseemanand allegedly confessed his role in planning the Mecca Masjid blast while they were lodged at Chanchalguda Jail in Hyderabad, plans to write a memoir but is wondering if anyone would publish it. “I want people to know what happens in these cases. Aseemanand clearly told me he was involved in the blasts but he retracted his statement later and that is it. I risked my life when I went to Ajmer and Panchakula to record my statement in courts hoping for justice. I do not know who to believe now,’’ Kaleem said. Read more

11:08 (IST)
16 APR 2018

During the trial, the prosecution led by NIA’s Chief Public Prosecutor N Harinath, examined 226 listed witnesses. During examination 64 of them, including Lt Col Shrikant Purohit, turned hostile on February 14, 2018. Purohit claimed that his statement was never recorded, either by the CBI or NIA. NIA’s Special Public Prosecutor N Harinath told The Indian Express that Purohit was listed as witness to identify Swami Aseemanand, Sunil Joshi, Devendra Gupta and other accused, and prove that Aseemanand called him after the murder of Joshi, an accused in Ajmer Dargah blast case.

10:51 (IST)
16 APR 2018

Hyderabad Police detained at least 38 Muslim youths on suspicion of being involved in the planning and execution of the blast. The case was first registered at Hussaini Alam Police Station and was then handed over to CBI. The National Investigation Agency took over the probe in April 2007.

10:50 (IST)
16 APR 2018

In struggle to survive after my father’s death, can’t believe 11 years have passed: Kin of deceased
Riyaz Khan lost his father and brother-in-law in the Mecca Masjid blast on May 18, 2007. Riyaz seems to have lost track of all time and the legal proceedings in the daily struggle for survival. “For the first few months I had followed the case, but as months and years passed by I forgot about it. I don’t even know in which court the case was going on. I heard about some Muslim boys being arrested and then someone said a Hindu group and (Swami) Aseemanand were involved. I don’t have much about idea about it. Justice is delayed, but I am sure God will punish the guilty,” Riyaz told The Indian Express.

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