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NIA court acquits all the accused in 2007 Mecca Masjid Blast case

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The historic Mecca Masjid Blast during Friday prayers in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007, left as much as 58 people injured and killed many others.

 

The special NIA court in Hyderabad acquitted all the accused in 2007 Mecca Masjid Blast case on the basis of lack of evidence. The court said that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) failed to provide enough evidence to back the allegations on the accused.

The historic Mecca Masjid Blast during Friday prayers in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007, left as much as 58 people injured and killed many others. The CBI had filed a charge sheet in the case after an initial investigation by the local police. In 2011, the NIA took the charge of the case from the CBI. The NIA in its investigation named ten people as accused in the case who belonged to right-wing organizations.

Five of them Swami Aseemanand, Lokesh Sharma, Devendra Gupta, Naba Kumar Sarkar and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar were arrested and faced the court trial. In the span of seven years, as many as 226 witnesses were examined and 411 documents were scrutinized during the trials.

“We will examine the court judgment after we get a copy of the same and decide further course of action,” NIA said after the verdict.

Ahead of the verdict, a high alert was sounded in the city by the Hyderabad Police. Heavy security was also deployed outside the Nampally Courts Complex where the NIA special court is located.

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Soldier killed as Pak army violates ceasefire along LoC in Rajouri

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Jammu| An Army soldier was killed when Pakistan violated the ceasefire by heavily shelling forward areas and posts along the Line of Control with mortar bombs in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district Thursday, officials said.

Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire in Keri belt of Sunderbani sector this morning, they said.

One soldier was was killed in Pakistani firing, they added.

Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire over 110 times along the LoC since January.

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CRPF jawan kills 3 colleagues in J-K

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New Delhi| Three CRPF personnel were killed Wednesday after a colleague allegedly fired at them after an altercation at their camp in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

 

The alleged fratricide incident happened at around 10 pm when constable Ajit Kumar shot three of his colleagues from his service rifle at the 187th battalion camp of the force in the Battal Ballian area in Udhampur, they said.

 

The officials said while three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men were killed in the firing, Kumar also shot himself and is critical in a hospital.

 

Kumar hails from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh and was rushed to a military hospital nearby, they said.

 

The deceased have been identified as head constables Pokarmal R of Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan, Yogendra Sharma of Delhi and Umed Singh of Rewari in Haryana.

 

The incident is said to be triggered after the jawans had an altercation, they said.

 

Senior CRPF and police officials have rushed to the spot, they added.

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Vice president, PM greet nation on Holi

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New Delhi| Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday greeted people on Holi, saying the festival symbolises the victory of good over evil.

In his message, Naidu said, “Holi is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. It is a festival that expresses joy and camaraderie.”

 

Modi hoped that the festival of colours will bring peace, harmony, prosperity and happiness in our lives.

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