Owaisi says Mecca Masjid verdict has weakened the fight against terrorism

Carrie Guzman
April 16, 2018

Read Also: Hyderabad: All accused, including Aseemanand, acquitted in Mecca Masjid bomb blast case by special NIA court Earlier in the day, a special NIA court at Nampally acquitted all accused in the case. Top officials of the city's police held a meeting and asked all zonal officials to make adequate security arrangements at all sensitive places to prevent any trouble, Deccan Chronicle reported.

The NIA had originally charged 10 persons with plotting and carrying out the attack on May 18, 2007. In this blast, nine people were killed, and 58 people were injured. Two more Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were later found and defused by the police.

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

The probe agencies had named ten persons allegedly belonging to right-wing organisations as the accused in the case. Former home ministers P Chidambaram, Shivraj Patil and Sushil Kumar Shinde had also spoken about "saffron terror" and "Hindu terror", Patra alleged.

In March 2017, a court in Rajasthan had sentenced Gupta and others to life in jail in the Ajmer Dargah blast case.

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Six accused belong to Madhya Pradesh: Sandeep Dange, a former RSS worker, Ramchandra Kalsangra, an electrician and RSS worker, property dealer Lokesh Sharma, farmer Rajender Chowdary, Tejram Parmar and Amith Chowhan.

June 2009: CBI made The RSS activist Sunil Joshi prime accused.

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

Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar are out on bail while three others are lodged in the central prison under judicial remand. "Who killed our brothers and sisters?" He hopes the guilty are punished.

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. "I heard about some Muslim boys being arrested and then someone said a Hindu group and (Swami) Aseemanand were involved", Riyaz told The Indian Express.

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