Hyderabad: As per media reports a NIA court on Monday acquitted all the accused in the Mecca Masjid bomb blast case.
The bombing took place during Friday prayers in the mosque in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007, claiming nine lives and leaving 58 injured.
The court held that none of the charges framed against the accused were proved.
According to Hindustan Times, Hindu right-wing members Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Bharatbhai and Rajender Chowdhary, who were charged by the NIA, were all acquitted.
The most well-known among the accused is Swamy Aseemanand, a right wing Hindu ideologue, who was acquitted in the 2007 Ajmer Sharif dargah blast and is on trial for the 2006 Malegaon blasts and the 2007 Samjhauta Express bombings.
It is pertinent to mention here that Initially, the Hyderabad police who investigated the case suspected it to be the handiwork of Harkat-ul-Jihad-e-Islami (HuJI), a fundamentalist group supported by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The police picked up more than 90 youth – unofficial figures put it at more than 200 – for interrogation and finally, 21 youth were charge-sheeted.
The police blamed Bilal, linked to HuJI, as the mastermind behind the terror attack. He was later killed in a shoot-out. After a trial, the Nampally criminal courts acquitted all the accused on January 1, 2009 for lack of evidence.