Aseemanand's journey from 'hero of Dangs' to terror attacks accused

Nine persons were killed and 58 injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) rocked the historic Mecca Masjid on May 18, 2007, in Hyderabad when around 10,000 people were offering the Friday (juma) prayers.

The bomb had exploded in an area of the mosque where devotees performed ablutions. "Justice has not been done", he said, "This was a complete biased investigation".

Hours after delivering his Judgement in the sensational Mecca Masjid blast case, Fouth Additional Metropolitan sessions judge K Ravinder Reddy have resigned on Monday.

While initial investigations pointed towards the role of Pakistan terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), later it was found that members affiliated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), were behind the blast.

The Hyderabad MP also questioned NIA's motives while mentioning former special prosecutor Rohini Salian's charges of how she was asked to go soft on these cases. Over 200 witnesses were examined and 400 documents were submitted to the court.

Gujarat-resident Aseemanand was earlier acquitted in the Ajmer Dargah blast case. Among the acquitted is one, Devendra Gupta, a former RSS pracharak, who was convicted in March last year in Ajmer Dargah blast that happened the same year - 2007 - as Mecca Masjid blasts. Subsequently the State Government handed over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation which arrested Devender Gupta and Lokesh Sharma on June 17, 2010 for their alleged involvement in the blast.

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"The defence argued that the so-called confessional statement was forced from Swami Aseemanand in order to create a theory of "Bhagwa Atankwad" (safron terror)", he said.

Security alert in Hyderabad: IN THE wake of the verdict in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, a security alert was issued and vigil stepped up in the city on Monday to prevent any untoward incident.

Ten persons allegedly belonging to right-wing organisations were named as accused in the bomb blast case, but only five of them were arrested and faced the trial in the same case.

The BJP attacked the Congress after the verdict.

However, the NIA's investigation suffered a massive blow when 24 witnesses - the testimonies of many of whom were critical to the case - turned hostile.

The BJP leader noted that then home minister Shinde had used the term "saffron terror" and "Hindu terror" in his address at a 2013 Congress conclave in Jaipur in which then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were present.


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