Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Mecca Masjid Blast: NIA court acquits Aseemanand, four others

Mecca Masjid Blast: NIA court acquits Aseemanand, four others

The hearing of the case was completed last week and IV Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge and Special Judge for NIA had fixed 16th April for pronouncing the judgment.

A massive blast had ripped through the Mecca Masjid on May 8, 2007, during Friday prayers, killing nine people and wounding 58.

The local police conducted an initial investigation and then transferred the case to CBI, which filed a charge sheet.

All 10 accused are members of a right-wing Hindu organisation called the Abhinav Bharat.

However, only five people, identified as Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary, were arrested in connection with the incident and made to face trial.

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Another accused Sunil Joshi died earlier.

Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar were on bail while three others have been lodged in the Central prison here under judicial remand. However, Aseemanand later claimed he was coerced into confessing. The court said the country's top anti-terror body, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), had failed to prove anyone's guilt.

Main accused of the bomb blast case Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma and Rajinder Chowdary who were also convicted in Dargah Ajmer Shareef Bomb Blast case were given a life sentence.

March 31., 2017: Aseemanad released from Chanchalguda jail. The court delivered the verdict in Hyderabad's most sensational Mecca Masjid bomb blast that happened 11 years ago.

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