Mecca Masjid Blast: Owaisi Reacts To NIA’s Verdict
Written by: Tanya Patel - April 16, 2018
All India Majlis e Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Chief Asaduddin Owaisi said justice was not served after the Hyderabad Court acquitted the accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast. On Monday, the Chief reacted to the judgment of the NIA Special Court stated the investigation was biased.
He further added the NIA was being stopped from investigating by its political masters. In a series of tweets, Owaisi pointed out the Modi Government and the NIA failed to appeal against the bail given to the accused within 90 days.
Owaisi took to twitter and said, “Witnesses turned hostile after June 2014. They could not give proper statements, so everything was done to fail the victims’ upshot. Our fight against terrorism is weakened after today’s acquittals.”
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.
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