All accused in 2007 Makkah Masjid blast acquitted

16 April, 2018, 15:24 | Author: Wade Massey
  • India Majlis-e Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi addressing the media in Hyderabad last year. Owaisi has claimed that many witnesses in the Mecca Masjid blast case turned hostile after 2014 when the BJP came to power

The Accused, numbering ten, allegedly belonged to the right-wing organizations. The CBI and NIA filed charge sheets against 10 accused, all members of Abhinav Bharat, including Nabakumar Sirkar alias Swami Aseemanand; Devender Gupta; Lokesh Sharma alias Ajay Tiwari, Lakshman Das Maharaj, Mohanlal Rateshwar and Rajender Chowdhary. Some reports said they may have been killed. On the other hand, another accused Sunil Joshi died during the proceedings of the trial, A total of 226 witnesses were examined during the trial and as many as 411 documents were exhibited, as per PTI report.

Four blasts outside a mosque in Malegaon, a town in Maharashtra's Nashik district, killed 38 people on September 8, 2006. We still have faith in our agencies and hope the real culprits are caught: Mohammad Irfan, the man who spotted the second bomb at Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid and handed it to bomb squad. Two live IEDs were found which were later defused by the Hyderabad Police.

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

- A special NIA court in Namapally acquits all accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case. Out of these, 54 witnesses now turned back from the testimony.

Investigations are now going on against two other accused.

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31 March 2017: Aseemanad walks out of Chanchalguda jail. Earlier, he was acquitted in the Ajmer dargah blast case.

Lt Col Purohit, himself an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, said that his statement was never recorded. The blasts were allegedly carried out with a "bomb ka jawab bomb" (bomb for a bomb) mindset.

Apparently, Aseemanand has made several U-turns during the entire probe.

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. However, he later retracted from his statement.

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