Mecca Masjid blast case: Special NIA court acquits all accused
         Date: 16-Apr-2018


The special NIA court at Hyderabad on Monday acquitted the five accused including Swami Aseemananda, in the 2007 pipe bomb blast case at the historic Mecca Masjid here. The blast had caused death of eight people while 58 others were injured in the explosion.

Ten people were held and named accused in this case. All of them were believed to belong to right wing organizations.

The Special National Investigating Agency (NIA) court had acquitted five of the accused in the Meccas Masjid blast case today. Citing lack of evidence, the court observed that the investigating agency had failed to prove any one of the accused involved in this act.

Ten persons, stated to be members of ‘Abhinav Bharat’ including Nabakumar Sirkar alias Swami Aseemananda; Devender Gupta; Lokesh Sharma alias Ajay Tiwari, Lakshman Das Maharaj, Mohanlal Rateshwar and Rajender Chowdhary were named as accused in the case. Two accused, Ramchandra Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange, are still absconding. A key accused Sunil Joshi, was shot when the case was being investigated.

In the 2007 blast case, a pipe bomb was used to create explosion that took the toll of 8 lives besides injuring 58 others in Hyderabad. The blast took place on Friday when the prayers were on in the Mecca Masjid.

Five others were killed as police had to open fire to control the agitating mob after the bomb blast on May 18, 2007.

After an initial investigation by the local police, the case was transferred to CBI, which filed a charge sheet. The NIA took over the probe in April 2011. A total of 226 witnesses were examined during the trial and as many as 411 documents exhibited. During the examination, 64 of them, including Lt Col Shrikant Purohit, turned hostile.

The verdict was pronounced amidst tight security around the Nampally Courts Complex, where all the accused were present.

Police restricted the movement on roads leading to the court. Vehicles were directed to be parked more than a kilometre away from the court hall.