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Mecca Masjid bombing: All accused facing trial acquitted

Swami Aseemanand, whose real name is Naba Kumar Sarkar, was arrested on 19 November 2010 from Haridwar in connection with the blast at the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on 18 May 2007. He was granted bail by a Hyderabad court on 23 March 2017. Today, he, along with the other accused in the case, was acquitted

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Hyderabad: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in the capital of Telangana-Andhra Pradesh today acquitted all the accused in the case of the 2007 Mecca Masjid bombing, which had claimed nine lives and injured more than 50 people.

A total of 10 persons, projected by a section of the media as belonging to “Hindu terrorist” organisations, were named as the accused in the case. Only five of them — Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary — were arrested, who went on to face trial in the case.

The accused above, including Swami Assemanand, were acquitted by a Special Court in Hyderabad on Monday, 16 April.

Two other accused, Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra, are absconding while another accused, Sunil Joshi, has passed away; he was shot dead even as the investigations were on. Investigations continue against two other accused.

On 18 May 2007, a powerful explosion at the historic Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad killed nine people and injured at least 50 others.

[pullquote]Swami Aseemanand, whose real name is Naba Kumar Sarkar, was on 19 November 2010 from Haridwar in connection with the at the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on 18 May 2007. He was granted bail by a Hyderabad court on 23 March 2017. Today, he was acquitted.[/pullquote]

The fourth additional metropolitan sessions-cum-special court for cases had concluded the trial last week and posted the case for judgment on 16 April.

Swami Aseemanand and Mohanlal Rateshwar were out on bail, while three others are lodged in the central prison in Hyderabad under judicial remand.

In March 2017, a court in Rajasthan had sentenced Gupta and another convict to life in jail in the Dargah case.

Following a probe by Andhra Pradesh police, the took over the charge of the case and subsequently filed a charge sheet.

The took over the probe in April 2011.

A total of 226 witnesses were examined during the trial and as many as 411 documents exhibited. During the examination, 64 of them, including Lt Col Shrikant Purohit, turned hostile.[Our related report yesterday]

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