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All the accused in the Mecca Masjid explosion, including Aseemananda, were released by a special NIA court

A special court for the National Investigation Agency on Monday freed all defendants from a Mecca Masjid explosion in Hyderabad.

The evidence against the accused is not satisfactory, the court said. On Monday, five were accused.

The bomb exploded during Friday prayers in a mosque adjacent to the historic Charminar in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007, killing nine people and injuring 58 others. Five others were killed in police fire in the violence that followed the blast.

Swamy Aseemanand, a right-wing Hindu ideologist

The Central Investigation Office, which initially investigated the case, and the National Investigation Agency, commissioned 10 people to investigate 226 witnesses. The accused are related to a radical Hindi organization called Abhinav Bharat, whose members allegedly have links to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

The most well-known among the accused is Swamy Aseemanand, a right-wing Hindu ideologist who was liberated in 2007 by a blast of Ajmer Sharif dargah and is called to Malegaon explosives in 2006 and Samjhauta Express bombings in 2007.

Six defendants include Madhya Pradesh: Sandeep Dange, former RSS worker, Ramchandra Kalsangra, electrician and RSS worker, Lokesh Sharma real estate trader, farmer Rajender Chowdary, Tejram Parmar and Amith Chowhan. Dange and Kalsangra are hiding.

Other indictees are RSS worker Devendra Guptha, a resident of Rajasthan, and an employee of Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar of Gujarat. The accused named Sunil Joshi, an RSS activist from Madhya Pradesh, was murdered during an investigation on December 29, 2007.

Aseemanand, Guptha, Sharma, Rateshwar, and Chowdary, who are facing trial, were freed on Monday.

At first, the police in Hyderabad, investigating the case, suspected that it was the work of Harkat-Jihad-e-Islami (HuJI), a fundamentalist group supported by the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The police picked up more than 90 young people – unofficial figures put it on more than 200 – for questioning and finally 21 young people were accused.

The police blamed Bilal, associated with HuJI, as a leader behind a terrorist attack. He was later killed by a shot. After a lawsuit, Nampally criticized all indictees on January 1, 2009 for lack of evidence. Subsequently, the central government transferred the case to the CBI. Later, the case was handed over to the NIA in 2011.

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