All accused acquitted in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case in Hyderabad


Tight security has been provided at the Nampally court.

Soon after the blast on May 18, five more people were killed in subsequent police firing as cops tried to control a mob.

"Swami Aseemanand, Bharat Bhai Rateshwar, Rajendra Choudhary, Lokendra Sharma and Devender Gupta who were facing trial were acquitted in the case, said Aseemanand's advocate J".

Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra, who were also accused in the incident, are absconding. While the accused in Mecca-Masjid blast case walk free today, here is a list of a few of the other Hindu right-wing terror cases that are being investigated by the NIA.

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Hours after delivering the verdict in Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid bomb blast, special NIA judge Ravindra Reddy resigned from his position.He sent his resignation letter to High Court Chief Judge.

The acquittal has raised doubts about the independence of the investigative and prosecutorial process in cases where the accused share ideological, political or organisational connections with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and its ideological parent, the RSS.

A blast during the Friday prayers at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad leaves nine dead, 58 injured. Of the accused one, former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak Sunil Joshi of Madhya Pradesh, was murdered while investigations were on.

Eight of them, including Naba Kumar Sarkar (alias Swami Aseemanand), were chargesheeted.

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About 20 cases of snatching, robbery and molestation have been filed against him at various police stations in the city. A Kansas woman pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the death of her fiancé's 2-year-old daughter last year.

Gupta, acquitted in this case, was sentenced to life in jail a year ago for the Ajmer Sharif dargah blast. Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar were given bail while the remaining three were lodged in the central prison in Hyderabad.Aseemanad was also the main accused in the Ajmer bomb case, and he was acquitted from the case in March 2017.

Investigations are now going on against two other accused. The NIA questioned a total of 226 witnesses during the trial and produced 411 documents.

Speaking of the blast and how long it has been, Riyaz, who lost his father Yousuf Khan, and brother-in-law, Shafeeq-ur-Rehman said that he had followed the case thoroughly in the beginning.

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