NIA court acquits Aseemanand, four others in Mecca Masjid blast case

Mecca Masjid blast accused Swami Aseemanand

NIA court acquits Aseemanand, four others in Mecca Masjid blast case

Soon after the blast on May 18, 2007, five more people were killed in subsequent police firing as cops tried to control a mob.

All accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast that left nine people dead and many injured have been acquitted by a special NIA court here today.

The fourth additional metropolitan sessions-cum-special court for NIA cases had concluded the trial and last week posted the case to tomorrow for judgement. They will be presented in Nampally Criminal Court on 16th April under tight security.

The court observed that the investigating agency had failed to prove the guilt of any of the 10 accused in the case - Nabakumar Sirkar alias Swami Aseemanand; Mohanlal Rateshwar; Lokesh Sharma alias Ajay Tiwari; Devender Gupta; Lakshman Das Maharaj, and Rajender Chowdhary.

Ten persons allegedly belonging to right wing organisations were named as accused in the case.

In March 2017, Gupta and another accused were sentenced to life imprisonment by a Rajasthan court in the Ajmer Dargah blast, which also happened in 2007.

The CBI was handed over the case after initial investigations by local police.

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

Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar are out on bail while three others are lodged in the central prison in Hyderabad under judicial remand. He was arrested in November 2010 from Haridwar in connection with the Mecca Masjid blast case.

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