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CPI flays NIA over acquittals in Mecca Masjid blast case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The CPI today strongly criticised the anti-terror probe agency for not being able to provide "credible evidence" in the 2007 Masjid blast case, which resulted in of all five accused in the case.

Lashing out at the probe into the Masjid blast which had left nine persons dead and 58 others injured, the questioned the agency for its "failure" to establish the truth behind the blast.

"The court has acquitted all the accused for lack of credible evidence. But who are the people who did it? Who are the forces behind the blast? That should be found out," D told PTI.

"The fact remains that there was an attack. People should know who were behind such attacks. Lets see what the government does or the investigating agency does.. NIA completely failed to establish the truth behind the blast," said.

A special anti-terror court in acquitted right-wing activist and four others today in the 2007 Masjid blast case, ruling that the prosecution has failed to prove charges against them.

A massive blast had ripped through the on May 8, 2007 during Friday prayers, killing nine people and wounding 58.

Aseemanand's counsel, J P Sharma, told reporters after the verdict by a special that "the prosecution failed to prove allegations against the five accused who faced trial in the case and, hence, the court acquitted them."

Ten persons were named as accused in the case but only five of them were arrested and sent up for trial.

The five who faced trial and were acquitted today are Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, alias Bharat Bhai and

Two other accused in the case, and are still absconding, while another accused had died.

The NIA is still probing the case against the two absconding accused.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 17:20 IST