5 accused in Hyderabad Mecca Masjid bomb blast case acquitted

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Earlier in the day, a special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court at Nampally acquitted five accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case, citing lack of evidence provided by the NIA against them.

The blast, using an improvised explosive device, killed nine persons inside the masjid near the historic Charminar of Old City.

Those acquitted were Swami Aseemanand a.k.a. Naba Kumar Sarkar, Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharrma, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar a.k.a Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Choudhary. It is important that on May 18, 2007, at noon, 27 minutes, there was a blast during prayer, in which five people died on the spot.

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One of the accused, Sunil Joshi of Madhya Pradesh, a former RSS pracharak, was murdered while the case was under investigation. In the blast case, the CBI had first arrested Aseemanand in 2010, but in 2017 they got conditional bail. During my interaction with Kaleem I learnt that he was previously arrested in the Mecca Masjid bomb blast case and he had to spend about oneand- a-half years in prison. It had happened, and four people were seriously injured, later these four people also lost their lives in life. Two live IEDs were found which were later defused by the Hyderabad Police. National Investigation Agency (NIA) on directions of Central government took up the case and charged 10 people having alliance with various Hindu groups.

Trial in the case was concluded in the fourth additional metropolitan sessions-cum-special court for NIA cases recently. It had postponed the decision of the judgment last week till Monday. The case was then transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation, which filed a chargesheet.

"#MMasjid Blast case verdict majority of witness turned hostile after June 2014, NIA didn't pursue the case as expected from it /was not allowed by "Political Masters" Qs is what will be left of Criminal Justice system if such biased prosecutions continue Justice has nt been DONE", he wrote.