Guwahati/ 16th April’2018 (Prag News Desk):
All 5 accused in Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid 2007 blast case, have been acquitted due to lack of evidence by the NIA Special Court in Hyderabad. Accused Aseemanand and 4 others, who were held by the NIA due to their alleged involvement in the blast have been let off with no conclusive evidence to nail their guilt.
Nine persons were killed and 58 injured in the blast at the historic mosque of Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on 18th May, 2007. Along with the blast, 5 others were killed during a subsequent police firing near the mosque as protests broke out after the blast.
In due course, the Mecca Masjid blast case has seen many twists and turns as many of the witnesses have either turned hostile due to lack of evidence. A total of 226 witnesses were examined during the trial and 411 documents were examined.
After a strict scrutiny of all major witnesses and documents during the trial, only five-Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Choudhary-were arrested and faced trail in the case.
Now due to lack of evidence, all the five accused will be released, not until the case has been entirely proved and the real culprits not brought to trial.