Makkah Masjid Bomb Blast Case: Judgement on Today, Security beefed up

Nabakumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand

The Court while delivering its verdict acquitted all the 10 accused including Swami Aseemanand, a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) member who had given a signed confession.

The chargesheet also mentioned that Aseemanand made a confessional statement before a metropolitan magistrate in Delhi.

Two other accused, former RSS pracharak Sandeep V. Dange and electrician-cum-RSS activist Ramchandra Kalsangra from MP are absconding. "We still have faith in our agencies and hope the real culprits are caught", said Mohammad Irfan, the man who spotted the second bomb at Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid and reported it to the bomb squad.

The Hyderabad-based court set them free over lack of evidence.

Eight people were facing trial for their alleged involvement in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast. In 2011, the NIA took over the case.

Self-proclaimed monk Aseemanand was also an accused in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast but was acquitted in the case.

Nine people were killed and 58 were injured in the blasts, which took place as thousands had gathered for their Friday prayers. However, only five of them - Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary - were arrested and faced trial in the case, PTI reported.

However, only 5 of the total 9 accused were tried in the court. During my stay in jail, Kaleem helped me a lot and used to serve me by bringing water, food, etc for me.

Joshi was shot dead in 2007. "The prosecution has not proved the case, so all the accused were acquitted", the lawyer said while talking to media after the verdict. "Witnesses turned hostile in the case".

The Hyderabad parliamentarian accused the National Investigation agency of being "deaf and blind" and said that it did not appeal against the bail which was granted to the accused.

Owaisi has accused the NIA of shoddy probe, and said the agency did not "even challenge" bail given to some of the key accused during the trial.

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