All the accused including Swami Aseemanand were acquitted by a special court of NIA today due to lack of clinching evidence in the 11-year-old Hyderabad’s historic Mecca Mosque blast on May 18, 2007 wherein 9 persons were killed and 58 injured.
The case was linked with the 2007 Ajmer Sharif Dargah blast, 2008 Malegaon blasts, and the Samjhauta Express attack. Soon after the blast on May 18, 2007, five more people were killed in subsequent police firing as cops tried to control a mob which was moving towards a petrol bunk.
Of the ten right-wingers accused one had died and two were absconding and only five were arrested. The NIA examined a total of 226 witnesses during the trial and as 411 documents were exhibited. Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar were out on bail while three others were lodged in jail.