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Mecca Masjid blast case: Hansraj Ahir criticises Congress post verdict

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

A day after a court acquitted five accused, all allegedly linked to Hindu groups, in the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast case, of State (MoS) for Home on Tuesday slammed Congress-led (UPA) for coining the term "terror" post the blast.

"Connecting terror with a religion's name doesn't suit a We don't accept the term of 'Bhagwa aatankwad'. Very small man was sitting at a very high position (the then Home Minister)," Ahir told ANI.

Former UPA ministers and Sushilkumar Shinde, who had reportedly been home ministers one after the other during 2008-2014 had used the terms such as 'terror' and 'Hindu terrorism' to describe the blast incidents in Ajmer, Malegaon, and Samjhauta Express.

Out of a total of 10 accused named in the case, only five faced trial, as one died while others are still absconding.

The blast, which took place on May 18, 2007, at the mosque during Friday prayers, had killed eight people and left 58 injured.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 21:30 IST