All 5 accused in Makkah Masjid blast acquitted

Ann Santiago
April 19, 2018

"Bomb Ka Jawab Bomb Se Dena Hai" this is what was widely quoted by the (NIA) in all the chargesheets filed against the accused in, but after their acquittal by the court, the question now remains 'Who bombed Mecca Masjid?'

Ten people were alleged to have been involved in the bomb blast, and they belonged to the right-wing organisations.

The five who faced trial included Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mohan Lal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Choudhary. Two accused Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra are absconding, while a third accused Sunil Joshi was murdered.

In the first two months of investigations, Hyderabad police, which shot five, rounded up almost 200 young Muslim youths from across the city.

The judge who pronounced the verdict in the Mecca Masjid blast case in the morning on Monday resigned from his position by evening, surprising many.

Aseemanand has already been acquitted in the Ajmer Sharif Dargah blast case a year ago due to lack of evidence.

Both blasts, separated by five months in 2007, were termed part of the same conspiracy and modus operandi by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the basis of the evidence from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), down to the mobile phones with SIM cards being used as timers to trigger them. So, do not rush to ascribe political motives if the accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case have walked free.

The terror cases were related to blasts in Samjhauta Express in Haryana (2007), Malegaon in Maharashtra (2006 and 2008), Ajmer Dargah in Rajasthan (2007), Modasa in Gujarat (2008) and Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad (2008).

Elaborate security arrangements are being made at the Nampally Courts Complex where the NIA special court is located. Interestingly when the case was handed over the NIA by the CBI, the red shirt was missing.

Second is the fake allegation that the Congress-led UPA government got Hindutva groups implicated in all terror cases under an agenda.

"Justice hasn't been done", the Hyderabad Lok Sabha member said on a micro-blogging site. In October 2017, Akhtar had asked Rao, "May I ask Mr GVl Narasimha Rao to name the historians (besides RSS Shakhas) who are his source of information about the Mughals" following the BJP leader's comment about the Mughals.

Critics say that the cases where Hindu extremists are suspected to be behind the blasts are deliberately being weakened since the BJP government came to power in May 2014. "There is nothing called saffron terror".

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