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Court acquits Mecca Masjid blast accused; Owaisi terms it biased investigation

Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Monday termed investigation in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case as biased and said, “Justice had not been done and the ruling will weaken the fight against terrorism.”

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court had acquitted all the five accused of the case as the evidence was not enough to prove charges.

In a series of tweets, Owaisi said the NIA and the Modi-led government did not even appeal against the bail given to the accused within 90 days. “Witnesses turned hostile after June 2014. They could not give proper statements, so everything was done to fail the victims upshot. Our fight against terrorism is weakened after today’s acquittals,” he said.

A blast in Hyderabad’s Mecca Masjid on May 18, 2007, killed nine people and left 58 injured. The incident was happened during Friday prayers and was allegedly carried out by a group of right-wing terrorists. Ten persons 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.

Immediately after the blast, police had blamed Harkatul Jihad Islami and rounded up about 100 youth from different parts of the city. Several were arrested and jailed. The CBI later revealed that the blast was the handiwork of right-wing Hindu group.

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