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Verdict in Mecca Masjid blast case 'slap on UPA's face': VHP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Welcoming the special anti-terror court verdict acquitting all five accused in the 2007 Masjid blast case, the VHP termed it as a "slap on the face" of the previous "anti-Hindu"

In his first statement after assuming the charge of the VHP's working international president, said, "For the sake of minority appeasement, the government had hatched a conspiracy to save real culprits in the name of "

He further said was the happiest country at that time when the innocent Hindus were implicated while real culprits moved freely.

The Hindus were reduced to the status of 'second-class citizens' during the government, Kumar said.

A special anti-terror court today acquitted the five right-wing activists including Swami Aseemanand in the 2007 blast case, ruling that the prosecution failed to prove charges against them.

A massive blast had ripped through the Masjid in on May 18, 2007, during Friday prayers, killing nine people and wounding 58.

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

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 22:05 IST