Thursday, 20 September, 2018


All accused in Masjid blast case acquitted

Nine people were killed and 58 injured in an IED blast at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad Nine people were killed and 58 injured in an IED blast at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad
Melba Vasquez | 16 April, 2018, 16:54

As per National Investigation Agency (NIA), which took over the Mecca Masjid investigation from CBI after it was formed, chargesheet, Aseemanand disclosed about the conspiracy hatched by him along with other accused to execute blasts, including one at Mecca Masjid.

"Blast case verdict - Justice has not been done, NIA & Modi govt didn't even Appeal against Bail that was given to Accused within 90 days this was a complete biased investigation which will weaken our resolve to Fight Terrorism, MMasjid 9 people died many injured", he wrote.

The Mecca Blast case was initially being investigated by Hyderabad Police.

Altogether, 10 persons owing alligience to right-wing organisations were named as accused in the case. Two others, Sandeep Dange, former RSS pracharak and Ramchandra Kalsangra, an RSS activist from Madhya Pradesh, are yet to be arrested. "The NIA did not probe in the expected lines".

"Angered by the spate of terror attacks committed on Hindus and their temples", he conspired to avenge such acts by attacking Muslims.

The agency listed 226 prosecution witnesses out of which 64 turned hostile.

Investigations are now going on against two other accused. He further said that he never used the word Hindu terror. Later the NIA took over the case during the UPA regime and accused the ten men.

CPM leader Brinda Karat too reacted on the verdict and said that all witnesses were placed before the court and now, suddenly NIA is unable to prove the case.

- A special NIA court in Namapally acquits all accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case. Later, all were acquitted by a local court for lack of evidence.

Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar were out on bail, while three others were lodged in the Central prison here under judicial remand. Armed personnel from various wings of the State police will be deployed and roads leading to the court will be barricaded. A Rajasthan court had sentenced Devendra Gupta and another convict to life imprisonment in the Ajmer dargah blast case in March, 2017.

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