All accused acquitted in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case in Hyderabad

All accused acquitted in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case in Hyderabad

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Monday acquitted all five accused, including Swami Aseemanand, in the 2007 Makkah Masjid bomb blast case.

Police personnel outside the Nampally Court during a hearing on the Mecca blast case, in Hyderabad on Monday.

Other Investigations were continuing against two other accused. Police personnel have been asked to maintain a tight vigil to ensure that the law and order in the state is maintained, Indian Express reported. Incensed, the media staged protests outside the court gates.

In March 2017, Aseemanand, who is also known as Jatin Chatterjee, was granted bail in the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case. The blast that claimed 9 lives had left over 58 people severely injured.

There were many twists and turns in the investigation of the attack on the Masjid, which is adjacent to the historic Charminar in the Old City.

Police resorted to lathi-charge, lobbing of teargas shells, and firing in the air.

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Immediately after the blast, several people believed that the act of terror was carried out by a group called Harkat-ul-JIhad-al-Islami with the backing of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

In a third tweet, Owaisi responded to another user's tweet quoting an NIA official saying that the elite investigation agency will decide future course of action after examining the court judgment.

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. All of them are members of right-wing Hindu organization Abhinav Bharat.

India Judiciary is considered to be very sluggish one, for many years being taken for crucial cases that related to the general public interest and safety. All four accused hail from Madhya Pradesh.

Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra, two other accused are absconding, while another accused Sunil Joshi died.

Ten persons are - Nabakumar Sirkar alias Swami Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma alias Ajay Tiwari, Lakshman Das Maharaj, Mohanlal Rateshwar and Rajender Chowdhary.

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