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Mecca Masjid blast case: All accused acquitted, to walk free soon

In a sensational verdict, the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Hyderabad today acquitted all the five accused in the 2007 Makkah Masjid bomb blast case.

About 11 years after the explosion that killed nine persons and injured over 50 during the Friday prayers near Charminar in Hyderabad, the NIA court held that none of the charges framed against the five accused were proved by the prosecution.

Speaking to media persons outside the Nampally criminal court complex in Hyderabad, the lawyer of one of the accused said the court held that the prosecution failed to prove the charges.

As a result of the acquittal, the Hindu right-wing members Aseemanand, Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Bharatbhai and Rajender Chowdhary will soon be allowed to walk free.

On May 18, 2007, the explosion ripped through the mosque killing and injuring people.

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