Makkah Masjid blast case: All accused including Aseemanand, acquitted

Mecca Masjid blast accused Swami Aseemanand

Mecca Masjid blast accused Swami Aseemanand

Hitting back at the Congress leaders for blaming the BJP government for the acquittal of the accused, he alleged that the opposition party has " double standards" and as it had welcomed a court order in favour of accused in the 2G scam case.

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Monday acquitted all the ten persons in Hyderabad Mecca Masjid blast case, including Swami Aseemanand.

The blast which took place on May 18, 2007, at the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad during Friday prayers had killed eight people and left 58 injured.

One of the accused, Sunil Joshi of Madhya Pradesh, a former RSS pracharak, was murdered while the case was under investigation.

However, only five of them were arrested and faced trial in the case.

Hindu right-wing members Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Bharatbhai and Rajender Chowdhary, who were charged by the NIA, were all acquitted. Earlier associated with the RSS, the Right wing leader is considered an ideologue of the Abhinav Bharat - a fringe-group linked to other similar attacks targeting minority groups. The charges on five other accused will continue to be active, as four of them are absconding and the other died.


The local police conducted an initial investigation and then transferred the case to CBI, which filed a charge sheet. The NIA took over the case from the CBI in 2011.

During the trial, over 220 witnesses were questioned and more than 400 documents were presented to the court.

Self-proclaimed monk Aseemanand was also an accused in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast but was acquitted in the case.

Aseemanand was acquitted past year in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah terror attack.

The Hyderabad city police picked up a few Muslim youth on this line of investigation and allegedly tortured them for days and wrongly imprisoned them, before they were later acquitted by the court. The men were all eventually released and paid a total of Rs 70 lakh in compensation.

Security has been heightened in Hyderabad in anticipation of the court verdict on Monday.

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