No justice in Mecca Masjid blast case: Owaisi

India 10 acquitted in 2007 Mecca Masjid bombing

"All accused persons have been acquitted", said the defence lawyer, adding that a copy of the judgement will be available after 15 days.

A special NIA court in Hyderabad on Monday acquitted all accused in the 2007 case of Mecca Masjid blast which claimed nine lives and left 58 others injured. Ten persons were named as accused in the case. "We still have faith in our agencies and hope the real culprits are caught", said Mohammad Irfan, the man who spotted the second bomb at Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid and reported it to the bomb squad.

Monday's verdict acquitted five accused - RSS pracharak Devendra Gupta of Rajasthan, RSS activist Lokesh Sharma of MP, godman Nabakumar Sarkar alias Swamy Aseemanand of Gujarat, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar of Gujarat and farmer Rajender Chowdary of MP - of the 10 charge-sheeted. Two accused, Ramchandra Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange, are still absconding. All the accused were related to a radical Hindu group, Abhinav Bharat, which allegedly has close ties with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), an ideological wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Earlier in the day, a special NIA court at Nampally acquitted all accused in the case. The NIA took over the case from the CBI in 2011.

Gupta, acquitted in this case, was sentenced to life in jail previous year for the Ajmer Sharif dargah blast.

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The court of the fourth additional metropolitan sessions judge here, which also handles cases of the National Investigative Agency, had heard 226 witnesses and examined 411 documents during the trial.

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As a report in The Times of India points out, key witnesses have retracted their statements against the RSS functionaries in the Mecca Masjid blast case.

The state government in January 2013 had paid Rs three lakh each to 20 people and Rs 20,000 each to 50 people.

In tune, tight security arrangements have been put in place in the city and all zonal officials have been asked to make sure that there is no trouble in any area.

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