Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Verdict on Mecca Masjid blast to be pronounced today

Verdict on Mecca Masjid blast to be pronounced today

Its spokesperson Sambit Patra accused Congress leaders of practising "politics of appeasement" in their stand on the court's verdict and wondered what the UPA government did in its over seven years of rule following the blast.

A special NIA court on Monday morning acquitted all 10 persons accused in the case. According to the apex court, the evidence against the accused was not satisfactory, thus resulting in the court's decision of their burial in the case.

In the verdict by a National Investigation Agency (NIA) court, all five accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid Blast which killed nine people and injured 50 were acquitted. Nine people had died and 58 others were injured when a pipe bomb went off at the historic mosque during Friday prayers.

The accused belonged to right-wing Hindu organisation Abhinav Bharat floated by Lt Col Prasad Srikant Purohit who has been named conspirator in the 2008 Malegaon blasts. The five accused are Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand, Devendra Gupta, Rajendra Chowdhary and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar.

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The case involves two other people - Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra - who have been on the run. Two improvised explosive devices were also recovered by police and defused.

Swami Aseemanand brought to Nampally court. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the probe from the CBI in 2011.

Former Union Minister of Home Affairs Shivraj Patil told News18 that he had never used the term "Hindu terror" and expressed his disappointment with the verdict.

Swamy Aseemanand, a resident of Gujarat and head of Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, was earlier acquitted in the Ajmer Dargah blast case and is now on bail in Samjhauta Express blast case of 2014.

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

"NIA did not deliberately pursue the case". During the investigation that followed, 226 witnesses were interrogated and 411 documents were exhibited.

"This entire case was based on confessional statement of Swami Aseemanand".

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