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Makkah Masjid blast case: All accused including Aseemanand, acquitted
Hyderabad: A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Hyderabad on Monday acquitted all accused in the sensational Makkah Masjid blast case. A lawyer of one of the accused told reporters outside the Nampally criminal court complex here that the court held that the prosecution failed to attest the charges.
The bomb blast took place at the Makkah Masjid which is adjacent to the historic Charminar in the Old City during Friday prayers was allegedly carried out by a group of right-wing terrorists 11 years ago on May 18, 2007 killed nine people and injured more than 50.(you are reading Makkah Masjid blast case)
The NIA took over the case from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2011, in which ten persons allegedly belonging to right-wing organisations were named as accused.
Monday’s judgement was about five accused who were chargesheeted by NIA.(you are reading Makkah Masjid blast case)
A total of three chargesheets were filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the NIA in the sensational case that took many twists and turns.
The city police, which initially took up investigation, blamed Harkatul Jihad Islami and rounded up about 100 Muslim youths. All those arrested and jailed were acquitted in 2008 and the subsequent investigations by the CBI in 2010 revealed that the blast was the handiwork of Hindu rightwing group Abhinav Bharat. The case was handed over to NIA on April 4, 2011.
The fact-finding committee of the National Minorities Commission found that the innocent youth were arrested on charges of terrorism and police kept them in illegal imprisonment and painful them.
In 2012, the government of then united Andhra Pradesh paid a compensation of Rs.3 lakh each to 26 people who were acquitted and Rs 20,000 each to 50 people others were let off the police after questioning.
According to the chargesheet, the accused were “angered by terrorist attacks committed on Hindus and their temples” and conspired to “avenge” such acts with attacks on Muslim places of worship and places densely populated by Muslims.(you are reading Makkah Masjid blast case)
The chargesheet also mentioned that Aseemanand made a confessional statement before a metropolitan magistrate in Delhi.
He had allegedly disclosed the conspiracy behind the bomb blasts in different places, including Makkah Masjid. Aseemanand allegedly retracted the declaration soon.
Aseemanand was first arrested by the CBI in 2010 but was granted conditional bail in 2017 in the case. He was earlier acquitted in Ajmer Dargah blast case and also got bail in the Samjhauta Express blast case of 2014.(you are reading Makkah Masjid blast case)
Verdict On Makkah Masjid blast case Today
The blast at the historic Makkah Masjid in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007 during Friday prayers had also left 58 others wounded.
Swami Aseemanand, main accused in the Makkah Masjid blast case of 2007, has been acquitted by a special NIA court in Hyderabad. The blast at the historic Makkah Masjid of Hyderabad during Friday prayers on May 18, 2007 had claimed nine lives and injured 58 people. The court acquitted Aseemanand for want of evidence.
According to Arvind J Bosmia, an Ahmedabad-based journalist who was a friend of Aseemanand for 11 years, the real name of Aseemanand is Jitendranath Chatterjee. He was born at Karmapur of Hooghly district in West Bengal. Bosmia described Aseemanand in an article on rediff.com in January 2011 as “A man of deep passion and relentless commitment to the tribal welfare, he displayed no interest in anything which had no connection with the tribal world.”
Aseemanand is also referred to as Nabaumar Sarkar alias Ramdas of Gujarat.
Reports say that Asseemanad was initially attracted to teachings of Swami Vivekananda and later got inclined to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He had worked for several years with RSS’ Adivasi Kalyan Ashram (VKA) in Andaman and Nicobar island and other tribal areas. In 2005, the RSS had awarded Aseemanad with “Guruji Samman” on the occasion of the birth centenary of MS Golwalkar.
Assemanand was named in several blast cases including Samjhauta Express (February 2007), Hyderabad Makkah Masjid (May 2007), Ajmer Dargah (October 2007). He was also accused in the two attacks in Malegaon (September 2006 and September 2008). All of these blast incidents took a total of 119 lives.
In the Makkah Masjid blast case, only five people – Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary – were arrested and faced trial. Two accused in the case – Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra – were absconding while one Sunil Joshi was dead.
In March last year, Assemanand was granted bail in the Makkah Masjid blast case. He was arrested on 19 November 2010 from Haridwar and lodged in the Chanchalguda Central Prison after he was acquitted in the Ajmer blast case by a Jaipur court. The Indian Express reports that Aseemanand was arrested after he given a written statement that he and several members of Abhinav Bharat had conspired and executed the blast at the Makkah Masjid.
The Makkah Masjid blast in Hyderabad was executed through a pipe bomb that ripped through the mosque. As many as eight people were kileld on the spot, while five other were killed when police opened fire to quell a mob. As many as 38 Muslim youth initially detailed on the suspicion that they were behind the planning and execution of the case.
The Hyderabad police had registered the first case at Hussaini Alam Police Station. The was, however, transferred to the CBI on 7 June 2007 and later to NIA on April 7, 2011.
The CBI and NIA had filed chargesheet against 10 members of Abhinav Bharat including Aseemanand.
HYDERABAD: A special NIA court in Hyderabad is expected to pronounce its judgement today in the case related to the 2007 Makkah Masjid blast case which claimed nine lives.
The fourth additional metropolitan sessions-cum-special court for NIA cases had concluded the trial and last week posted the case to April 16 for judgement.
After initial investigation by the local police, the case was transfer to CBI, which filed a chargesheet.
Subsequently, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the case from the CBI in 2011.
Ten persons allegedly belonging to right wing organisations were named as accused in the case.
However, only five of them — Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary — who were arrested had faced trial in the case.
Two other accused — Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra — are absconding while another accused Sunil Joshi had died.
Investigations were continuing against two other accused.
A total of 226 witnesses were examined during the trial and as many as 411 documents exhibited.
Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar are out on bail while three others have been lodged in the Central prison in Hyderabad under judicial remand.
In March 2017, a court in Rajasthan had sentenced Devendra Gupta and others to life in jail in the Ajmer Dargah blast case.
The NIA has said it will examine the court judgment after getting a copy of the Makkah Masjid blast case verdict and decide further course of action.
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