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Accused in Mecca Masjid blast case acquitted

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Hyderabad | Monday, Apr 16 2018 IST
Eleven years after an IED (Improvised Explosive Device ) went off during prayers at Mecca Masjid adjacent to the historic Charminar killing nine people and injuring more than 50 others, the Special Court for trial of National Investigation Agency (NIA) cases on Monday acquitted the accused persons for lack of evidence.

Subsequent to blast in the Masjid, five people were killed in police firing near the mosque.

Tight security arrangements were made near the special court in Nampally area and other sensitive spots in view of the sensitive background of the case by deploying 2,000 police personnel.

The eagerly-awaited judgment was pronounced in the jam-packed court premises where the accused persons were produced.

The NIA which investigated the sensational case had charge-sheeted on five of 10 accused persons in the case. One of the accused Sunil Joshi,a former RSS activist of Madhya Pradesh was murdered even as the case was under investigation, while two other accused were still eluding the investigation.

The five accused in the blast the first major incident allegedly carried out by the Hindu right wing which occurred on May 18, 2007, included godman Swami Assemanand of Gujarat.

Initially, the Hyderabad police started the investigation and nabbed Muslim youths before handing over the inquiry to the CBI. During the CBI probe,the role of Hindutva activists came to light. UNI XC SMS-CS 1444

-- (UNI) -- C-1-1-DL0275-1329945.Xml

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