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Court likely to pronounce verdict on Mecca Masjid bomb blast case

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Mecca Masjid Blast: NIA court acquits Aseemanand, four others

Mecca Masjid blast accused Swami Aseemanand

"All accused persons have been acquitted", said the defence lawyer, adding that a copy of the judgement will be available after 15 days.

Delivering its verdict in the 11-year-old Mecca Masjid blast case in Hyderabad today, the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court has acquitted all the accused in the case.

The case was handed to the NIA in April 2011.

2007 Mecca Masjid case: Swami Aseemanand, one of the ten accused, was acquitted on Monday.

Six accused belong to Madhya Pradesh: Sandeep Dange, a former RSS worker, Ramchandra Kalsangra, an electrician and RSS worker, property dealer Lokesh Sharma, farmer Rajender Chowdary, Tejram Parmar and Amith Chowhan. It was allegedly carried out by a group of right-wing terrorists. Sunil Joshi, a prime accused, was shot dead by unidentified persons in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh, on December 29, 2007, while key witness Lt Col Shrikant Purohit was declared hostile in February 2018. The blast reportedly killed three people and injured 17 others. A fact-finding panel of the state minority commission found that police kept the youth in illegal confinement and tortured them.

Trial in the case was concluded in the fourth additional metropolitan sessions-cum-special court for NIA cases recently.

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She initially lived with her family in the same locality in Delhi's Sultanpuri, where the suspect live with his family. Recently, the UP Police had been under the ire for allegedly trying to shield the accused in the Unnao rape case.


Reacting to the court verdict, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra alleged that the Congress has long "defamed" Hindus for votes and demanded that party president Rahul Gandhi and his predecessor Sonia Gandhi apologise for terms such as "saffron terror" and "Hindu terror".

All 5 accused have been acquitted by the NIA special court in Nampally, Hyderabad.

In a similar case of Ajmer Dargah blast case in March 2017, a court in Rajasthan had sentenced Devendra Gupta and others for life in jail.

While Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar are out on bail, the other 3 are lodged in the Central Prison in Hyderabad under judicial remand.

During the trials, the NIA had examined as many as 226 witnesses.



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