Published On : Mon, Apr 16th, 2018

All accused acquitted in Mecca Masjid blast case

Hyderbad: A special National Investigation Agency court in Hyderabad today acquitted all five accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast which claimed nine lives.

The blast at the historic Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007 during Friday prayers had also left 58 others injured.

After initial investigation by the local police, the case was transferred to CBI, which filed a chargesheet.

Subsequently, the NIA took over the case from the CBI in 2011.

Ten persons allegedly belonging to right wing organisations 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 — who were arrested had faced trial in the case.