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India 11 years after Mecca Masjid blast, NIA court to pronounce verdict today

06:40  16 april  2018
06:40  16 april  2018 Source:   indiatoday.in

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Eleven years after a powerful explosion ripped through Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid killing nine people and injuring 58, the special NIA court is likely to pronounce a verdict on the case today.

Out of the ten accused, 8 were chargesheeted including Nabakumar Sarkar alias Swamy Aseemanand.

The blast which took place during the Friday prayer at 1:25 pm on May 18, 2007, was caused by a cellphone-triggered pipe bomb placed near the wuzukhana (where devotees perform ablutions) of the mosque. While 5 people died on spot, 4 succumbed to injuries later.

An estimated 10,000 people were present inside the mosque at the time of blast. Two live IEDs were found which were later defused by the Hyderabad Police.

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Initially registered by Hussaini Alam police, the case was handed over to the CBI after a huge uproar claiming that innocent men were being framed. Finally, the probe was handed over to NIA which made several arrests including Swami Aseemanand and Lakshman Das Maharaj.

The agency listed 226 prosecution witnesses out of which 64 have turned hostile.

Two of the eight chargesheeted accused in the case -- Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai -- are out on bail, while three others are in prison. One of the accused Sunil Joshi, an RSS pracharak, was murdered during the course of investigation.

Two other accused, Sandeep V Dange, a former pracharak and Ramchandra Kalsangra, electrician-cum-RSS activist from Madhya Pradesh are still at large. Although, there have been reports which say that they may have been killed.

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Aseemanand was first arrested by CBI in 2010 but was granted conditional bail in 2017. Earlier, he was acquitted in the Ajmer dargah blast case. He also got bail in the Samjhauta Express blast case of 2014.

In its chargesheet, the NIA says that the accused actively conspired post 2003.

"Angered by the spate of terror attacks committed on Hindus and their temples", he conspired to avenge such acts by attacking Muslims. As per Aseemanand's statement to the NIA he said, "bomb ka jawab bomb".

The agency chargesheet further stated, "Aseemanand felt that during the independence, Nizam of Hyderabad decided to leave for Pakistan, therefore, the city should be taught a lesson too."

Apparently, Aseemanand has made several U-turns during the entire probe. He made a confessional statement before the metropolitan magistrate of Tis Hazari court in Delhi where he confessed to the conspiracies, including the Mecca Masjid blast. However, he later retracted his statement.

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(Provided by The Times of India)


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