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Special NIA Court Acquits All Accused In Mecca Masjid Blast Case Over Lack Of Evidence

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| April 16 , 2018 , 12:26 IST

A special NIA court on Monday acquitted all the accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case of 2007 which resulted in the death of 9 people and injury to 58 others. The accused were acquitted over lack of evidence.  

A total of 10 people allegedly belonging to right-wing organisations were accused in the case, however, only 5 were arrested and faced trial, namely, Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary.

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While Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar are out on bail, the other 3 are lodged in the Central Prison in Hyderabad under judicial remand.

Regarding the other 5 accused, 2 (Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra) are absconding, one accused Sunil Joshi died and investigations are underway against the other 2 accused.

The blast at the historic Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad took place on May 18, 2007, during the Friday prayers. After initial investigations by the local police, the case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which filed a chargesheet in the incident. The case was then taken over by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2011.

A total of 226 witnesses were examined during the trial and 411 documents were exhibited to an additional metropolitan sessions-cum-special court for NIA cases which concluded the trial last week.