Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Mecca Masjid blasts: All accused, including Aseemanand, acquitted

Mecca Masjid blasts: All accused, including Aseemanand, acquitted

Investigators alleged the Aseemanand had disappeared from his home after the probe began.

The court acquitted Naba Kumar Sircar, alias Swami Aseemanand, a former member of RSS in Gujarat turned patron of Abhinav Bharat, RSS pracharak Devender Gupta (Rajasthan), RSS activist Lokesh Sharma (Madhya Pradesh), Rajendra Chowdhary (Madhya Pradesh), and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar, alias Bharat Bhai (Gujarat). All allegations could not be proved against any one of the accused. The terror probe agency had investigated the case along with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Third, these terror cases had common links. The acquitted includes Devendra Gupta, an RSS affiliate, who was then convicted on March 8, 2017, in Ajmer blast case. It is for this reason that CBI had claimed that the two blasts were linked.

In fact, the police - NIA in this case - in a way, cooperated with him and did not oppose his bail application either in Samjhauta train blast case or in Mecca Masjid blast case, which it should have done routinely.

Aseemanand had confessed his involvement in the blast before the court but later retracted his "confession" alleging that he was coerced by the ATS (Anti-Terror Squad).

The chargesheet also mentioned that Aseemanand made a confessional statement before a metropolitan magistrate in Delhi. Even in the Dargah Ajmer Sharif case, 27 out of 149 witnesses had turned hostile during the course of trial. The former army officer was to identify Aseemanand, Sunil Joshi and other accused. These led to his acquittal. "We demand justice", she said. "Will it ensure that justice is done", he said. "Rahul Gandhi or the Congress party has never used the words "saffron terror", Congress spokesperson PL Punia told reporters.

Owaisi, in an earlier tweet, claimed that the NIA did not properly pursue the case, leading to the acquittal of the accused.

Incidentally, all charges were also dropped by NIA against key accused Pragya Thakur in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, and the court is yet to take a call on the matter. "Turning truth is the new law for this government".

"For its appeasement politics, the Congress targeted and defamed Hindus and the country for merely some votes". So far NIA has not been able to find clinching evidence against anyone guilty of orchestrating the Mecca Masjid Dargah blast.

The case was later handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in 2011. That conspiracy has been exposed.

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