All accused in 2007 Mecca Masjid Blast acquitted

Mecca Masjid blast accused Swami Aseemanand

Mecca Masjid blast accused Swami Aseemanand

A massive blast had ripped through the Mecca Masjid on May 8, 2007, during Friday prayers, killing nine people and wounding 58. The case was then transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation, which filed a chargesheet.

Two other accused - Sandeep V Dange, a former RSS pracharak, and Ramchandra Kalsangra, electrician-cum-RSS activist from Madhya Pradesh - are still at large. Finally, the probe was handed over to NIA which made several arrests including Swami Aseemanand and Lakshman Das Maharaj.

"Angered by the spate of terror attacks committed on Hindus and their temples", he conspired to avenge such acts by attacking Muslims. Five more people were killed in police firing to control the agitated crowd after the blast. The acquittal has set off a fresh political tug of war, with leaders like Congress's Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPM's Brinda Karat and AIMIM's Asaduddin Owaisi accusing the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of failing to get victims justice. He further said that he never used the word Hindu terror. "Witnesses turned hostile in the case". After this, the matter was handed over to the NIA by the CBI in 2011.

CPM leader Brinda Karat too reacted on the verdict and said that all witnesses were placed before the court and now, suddenly NIA is unable to prove the case.

Mecca Masjid blast prime accused Aseemanand's confession before a judge in 2010 may play a key role in the blast case verdict, expected to be pronounced on Monday.

Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar are out on bail while three others are lodged in the central prison under judicial remand. Meanwhile, the lawyers of the accused said that the prosecution was not able to prove the charges framed against the accused following which they were set free.

March 31, 2017: Aseemanad was acquitted in the Ajmer Dargah bomb blast case. Police personnel have been asked to maintain a tight vigil to ensure that the law and order in the state is maintained, Indian Express reported.

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