Hyderabad, April 16: Today all ten accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case were acquitted by the special NIA court in Hyderabad as no evidence was presented against the accused. Mecca Masjid blast claimed around 9 lives and injured more than 50, that took place on 18th May 2007.
A special National Investigation Agency court acquitted all accused due to lack of evidence in the sensational Mecca Masjid attack which was allegedly carried out by a group of right-wing terrorists 11 years ago.
Initially, the case was investigated by the local police and then the case was transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which filed a charge sheet. Afterwards, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the case in 2011.
In all 10 persons allegedly belonging to right-wing organizations were named as accused in the case. 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. Two other accused -- Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra -- are absconding while another accused Sunil Joshi died. Investigations were continuing against two other accused.