All Accused Acquitted In Mecca Masjid Blasts Case

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The accused were acquitted over lack of evidence.

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here on Monday acquitted all five accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case.

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".

- A special NIA court in Namapally acquits all accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case. In this case, a charge sheet was filed against eight out of the ten accused in this case, which included the name of NabKumar Sarkar aka Swami Aseemanand.

2007 Mecca Masjid blast case: In the afternoon of May 18, 2007, at around 1:15 pm, a pipe bomb ripped through the 17th-century Mecca Masjid of Hyderabad, which is located in the old city area, close to Charminar. The accused arrested are - Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar and Rajendra Chowdhary. All the accused were related to a radical Hindu group, Abhinav Bharat, which allegedly has close ties with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), an ideological wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. "He said he had deputed Sunil Joshi for this job (terror attacks) and he would extend Joshi whatever help was required".

A special anti-terror court in Hyderabad acquitted Aseemanand and four others in the case, ruling that the prosecution failed to prove charges against them.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, which initially probed the case, and the National Investigation Agency charged 10 people in the case after interrogating 226 witnesses.

During the trial, over 220 witnesses were questioned and more than 400 documents were presented to the court.

This, however, is not the first time such doubts have been cast.

The state government in January 2013 had paid Rs three lakh each to 20 people and Rs 20,000 each to 50 people.

The court saw a heavy deployment of security personnel and all the roads leading to Nampally Court were blocked.

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