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Spl. court to pronounce verdict today in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast in Hyd

A special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Hyderabad is said to pronounce its judgment in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case today in which at least nine persons were killed.

The verdict is to be pronounced by the fourth additional metropolitan sessions and special court for NIA cases. The court concluded the trial. Last week, it posted the case for judgment today.

The blast at the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, which took place on May 18, 2007 during Friday prayers, left 58 others injured.

Ten persons belonging to right-wing organisations were named as the accused in theMecca Masjid blast case.

However, only five of them – Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary – had been arrested and faced trial in the case.

Two other accused – Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra – are absconding. Another accused Sunil Joshi is died.

226 witnesses were examined during the trial. As many as 411 documents were exhibited.

Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar are on bail. The three others are in the central prison in Hyderabad.

In March 2017, a court in Rajasthan sentenced Gupta and another convict to life in jail in the Ajmer Dargah blast case.

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