Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Mecca Masjid blast case verdict today, accused Aseemanand brought to court

Mecca Masjid blast case verdict today, accused Aseemanand brought to court

Soon after the blast on May 18, five more people were killed in subsequent police firing as cops tried to control a mob.

The case was later handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2011.

Two other accused, former RSS pracharak Sandeep V. Dange and RSS activist and electrician Ramchandra Kalsangra, also from Madhya Pradesh, have been eluding the investigators. Two out of the eight chargesheeted accused in the case - Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai were out on bail, while three others were in prison.

"Angered by the spate of terror attacks committed on Hindus and their temples", he conspired to avenge such acts by attacking Muslims.

The Mecca Masjid blasts have often been called the first instance of the much debated "Hindu terror" in India.

BJP's Subramanian Swamy, meanwhile, read a larger design.

- Surinder Rao, counsel of Aseemanand: The local police had found other people responsible for the crime in the initial probe.

"#MMasjid Blast case verdict majority of witness turned hostile after June 2014, NIA didn't pursue the case as expected from it /was not allowed by "Political Masters" Qs is what will be left of Criminal Justice system if such biased prosecutions continue Justice has nt been DONE", he wrote. The court's verdict on Monday, brought no satisfactory news to the victim families, but, it was a great relief for Swami Aseemanand and the others.

Ten persons are - Nabakumar Sirkar alias Swami Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma alias Ajay Tiwari, Lakshman Das Maharaj, Mohanlal Rateshwar and Rajender Chowdhary.

The Hyderabad-based court set them free over lack of evidence. The NIA court's verdict in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blasts case will be out shortly.

In March 2017, a court in Rajasthan had sentenced Gupta and another convict to life in jail in the Ajmer Dargah blast case. Armed personnel from various wings of the State police were deployed and roads leading to the court, barricaded.

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