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Assemanand Granted Bail In Mecca Masjid Blast Case

 2017-03-23 18:13:22.0

Assemanand Granted Bail In Mecca Masjid Blast Case

New Delhi: Former RSS activist Assemanand went off the hook in yet another terror. A Hyderabad court granted him bail after seven years.

Born with the Nabha Kumar Sarkar in Hoogly district of West Bengal, Assemanand became the face of what was described as "saffron terror". He name was cropped up in Samjhauta Express, Ajmer dargha, Mecca masjid and Malegaon blast.

After a long chase, Assemanand was arrested by the CBI in 2010 in connection with Samjhauta Express and Mecca masjid blasts.

In September 2006, a series of bomb blasts occurred in Maharashtra's Malegaon in Nasik district. Nearly 40 people died in the terror attack while more than 100 were injured.

A seial bomb blast occurred during midnight on 18 February 2007. Two bombs took off in two carriages, both filled with passengers , just after the train passed Diwana station near Panipat.Sixty-people lost there lives in the ensuing fire and dozens more were injured. Most were Pakistani civilians among the dead.

In Hyderabads Mecca masjid terror attack on 18 May, 2007. 16 people lost their lives in blast triggered by a cellphone-connected pipe bomb placed inside the mosque.

On October 11 in 2007, the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin DChishti was attacked by terrorists. In the month of Ramazan. Later, Investigations initially circled around the alleged involvement of Hindutva organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its group behind the blast.

ARREST AND CONFESSION

After a trail of over three years, the CBI arrested Assemanand, who gave confession statement to both CBI and later the NIA admitting his role in the planning and execution off terror attacks "targeting minorities to avenge attacks on Hindu temples".

At one point, Assemanand alleged that RSS chief Nohan Bhagwat knew about Mecca masjid and other terror plots. He claimed that Bhagwat gave moral support to such activities.

When placed before the court, Assemanad retracted his confession saying that the NIA and CBI extracted his admission under duress. But, the NIA went ahead adn filed chargesheets against him in three cases- Mecca masjid, Samjhauta Ajmer blasts.

TRAIL, BAIL AND ACQUITTAL

Assemand ws not named as an accused by the NIA in Malegaon blast case. Interestingly, he confessed about his role in the terror act saying he underwent a change of heart when he came to know about an innocent Muslim boy being wrongly framed for terror activities'.

Assemanand was granted bail in Samjhauta blast case by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in August 2014. The NIA decided not to challenge the high court's ruling in the Supreme Court.

The Ajmer blast case was first investigated by Rajasthan ATS, which later handed over the matter to a special NIA. The trail started only two years ago and on March 8 this year, a Jaipur court acquired Assemanand along with Devedra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel, ex-RSS leaders.

While Assemanand getting bail in the Mecca blast case, the former head of RSS-backed Vanasi Kalyan Ashram is all set to walk free. Assemanand is currently lodged in Jaipur hail.

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