Aseemanand , all others acquitted in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case

Elias Hubbard
April 16, 2018

A special anti-terror court here today acquitted right-wing activist Swami Aseemanand and four others in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, ruling that the prosecution failed to prove charges against them.

The explosion ripped through the mosque on May 18, 2007, killed nine people and injured more than 50.

. They will be presented in Nampally Criminal Court on 16th April under tight security.

Trial in the case was concluded in the fourth additional metropolitan sessions-cum-special court for NIA cases recently.

It may be mentioned that on 18th May 2007, a bomb blast took place at Makkah Masjid. The accused arrested are - Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar and Rajendra Chowdhary.

March 23, 2017: Aseemanad granted bail by Hyderabad court, paving way for his release from jail after seven years.

Altogether, 10 persons owing alligience to right-wing organisations were named as accused in the case. The blast had also incited riots in various parts of the city in which five others lost their lives due to police firing.

Two other accused in the case - Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra - are still absconding while another accused Sunil Joshi had died.

The case was initially investigated by police, who detained at least 38 Muslim youths.

NIA had arrested Aseemanand, Bharat Bhai and other RSS workers and filed chargesheet against them. The statements of 226 witnesses were recorded and 411 documents were examined in this case.

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