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Five accused in Mecca Masjid bomb blast case acquitted

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

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

A massive blast had ripped through the Masjid 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 metropolitan court for cases that "The prosecution failed to prove allegations against the five accused who faced trial in the case and hence the court acquitted them,"

Those acquitted are: Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, alias and Rajendra Chowdhary, Sharma said.

The case was initially probed by the local police before being transferred to the CBI, and finally in 2011 to the NIA, the country's anti-terror investigation agency.

Ten people with alleged links to Hindu right wing organisations were accused in the case.However, only five of them who were acquitted today faced trial.

Two other accused -- and Ramchandra Kalsangra -- are absconding, while was murdered.

Investigation is continuing against two other accused.

A total of 226 witnesses were examined during the trial and as many as 411 documents exhibited.

and were out on bail, while three others were lodged in the here under judicial remand.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 13:55 IST