Verdict likely today in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad

Monday, 16 Apr, 2018

The verdict of the 11-year old Mecca Masjid blast case was pronounced on Monday afternoon.

The Mecca Masjid blast that rocked the city of Hyderabad in May 2007 had killed eight and left 58 injured.

The hearing of the case was completed last week and IV Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge and Special Judge for NIA had fixed 16th April for pronouncing the judgment.

In a similar case of Ajmer Dargah blast case in March 2017, a court in Rajasthan had sentenced Devendra Gupta and others for life in jail.

A lawyer of one of the accused told reporters outside the Nampally criminal court complex that the court held that the prosecution failed to prove the charges.

South, West and East Zone Police personnel have also been given instructions to be alert so that any attempt to take out procession rally or dharna could be foiled.

The explosion ripped through the mosque on May 18, 2007, killed nine people and injured more than 50.

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Two other accused - Sandeep V Dange and Ramchandra Kalsangra - are absconding, while Sunil Joshi was murdered.

The case was initially probed by the local police before being transferred to the CBI, and finally in 2011 to the NIA, the country's premier anti-terror investigation agency.

However, only five of them were arrested and faced trial in the case. A red corner notice has been issued by Interpol.

10 people were named as accused in the case. The statements of 226 witnesses were recorded and 411 documents were examined in this case.