A National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court acquitted the five accused from the 2007 Mecca Masjid attack in Hyderabad. The Court at Nampally announced the verdict today and acquitted the main accused Swami Aseemanand.
The NIA originally charged 10 people with plotting and carrying out the attack with an improvised explosive device (IED) on the 18th of May 2007. Among the 10, former RSS member Sunil Joshi was murdered during the investigation.
Two other former RSS members Sandeep V. Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra have managed to elude the officials. Tejram Parmar and Amith Chowhan who are also accused in the case are still being investigated.
On the 18th of May 2007, a powerful IED bomb blew up at the Mecca Masjid in the city during the regular Friday prayers. A total of 9 people died while 58 were injured in the blast. Violence broke out immediately after the blast which resulted in the death of 5 people.