10 acquitted in 2007 Mecca Masjid bombing

Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar are out on bail in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast while three others are lodged in the central prison in Hyderabad under judicial remand

10 acquitted in 2007 Mecca Masjid bombing

All Accused Acquitted In Mecca Masjid Blasts Case:- All eyes have been focused on the Mecca Masjid blasts case and a special NIA Court in Hyderabad revealed the decision.

Owaisi took to Twitter to express his outrage over the verdict alleging that the NIA didn't pursue the case because of the "political masters".

On March 8, 2017, a National Investigation Agency Special Court in Jaipur in Rajasthan held three persons guilty in the 2007 Ajmer blast case, but acquitted Aseemanand and six others. Ten persons were named as accused in the case. 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.

Hindu right-wing members Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Bharatbhai and Rajender Chowdhary, who were charged by the NIA, were all acquitted.

Two other accused, former RSS pracharak Sandeep V. Dange and RSS activist and electrician Ramchandra Kalsangra, also from Madhya Pradesh, have been eluding the investigators.

The firebrand MP alleged that the Modi government did not even appeal against the bail given to the accused earlier. After initial investigations by the local police, the case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which filed a chargesheet in the incident. Eventually, the case was taken over by the National Investigation Agency from the CBI in 2011.

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Gupta, acquitted in this case, was sentenced to life in jail a year ago for the Ajmer Sharif dargah blast.

The case was initially investigated by police, who detained at least 38 Muslim youths.

As a report in The Times of India points out, key witnesses have retracted their statements against the RSS functionaries in the Mecca Masjid blast case.

Elaborate security arrangements are being made at the Nampally Courts Complex where the NIA special court is located.

The Hyderabad police arrested a number of Muslim men following the blast and later admitted to torturing many of them.

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