Hyderabad Court acquits all five accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case

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A special NIA court in Hyderabad will announce judgement today in the case related to the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast which resulted in the death of nine lives.

The blast took place on May 18, 2007, when the Friday prayers were underway.

Trial in the case was concluded in the fourth additional metropolitan sessions-cum-special court for NIA cases recently.

In March 2017, Gupta and another accused were sentenced to life imprisonment by a Rajasthan court in the Ajmer Dargah blast, which also happened in 2007. They are in prison now.

Tight security has been provided at the Nampally court. In view of this, Central Zone Police posted more than 300 policemen around the court area.

It may be mentioned that in the Makkah Masjid blast, 9 worshippers were killed and 58 were injured.

After initial investigation by the local police, the case was transferred to the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI), which filed a charge sheet.

Two other accused- Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra- are absconding, while one of the accused, Sunil Joshi of Madhya Pradesh, was murdered while the case was being investigated.

Subsequently, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the case from the CBI in 2011. In the case, 10 persons belonging to hardcore Hindutva organizations were named accused, out of which only 5 are facing the trial.

However, only five of them were arrested and faced trial in the case. The statements of 226 witnesses were recorded and 411 documents were examined in this case.

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