5, including Swami Aseemanand, acquitted in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case

The spot inside the Mecca Masjid complex where the bomb blast took place 11 year ago. Accused Sunil Joshi of Madhya Pradesh, a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak, was murdered when the case was investigated. The blast, using an improvised explosive device, killed nine persons inside the masjid near the historic Charminar of Old City. 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. The NIA had originally charged 10 persons with plotting and carrying out the attack on May 18, 2007.

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The spot inside the Mecca Masjid complex where the bomb blast took place 11 year ago.

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Ramakrishna A National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court at Nampally in Hyderabad on Monday, citing lack of evidence, acquitted five accused, including Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Aseemanand, in the case of the bomb attack on the Mecca Masjid in the city 11 years ago. The blast, using an improvised explosive device, killed nine persons inside the masjid near the historic Charminar of Old City. The others acquitted are Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Bharath Mohan Lal Rateshwar and Rajendra Choundary. The NIA had originally charged 10 persons with plotting and carrying out the attack on May 18, 2007. Accused Sunil Joshi of Madhya Pradesh, a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak, was murdered when the case was investigated. 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. Investigations against two others from the same State, Tejram Parmar and Amith Chowhan, are continuing. Also Read Who is Swami Aseemanand? Tight security The verdict was pronounced amidst tight security around the Nampally Courts Complex.


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