Hyderabad: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi who once alleged the Muslim hand behind the Mecca Masjid blast, on Wednesday said that if family members of the Mecca Masjid blast victim want to appeal against the verdict, then he is ready provide all sorts of legal help.
The AIMIM leader known for its firebrand image, in an interview with Hindustan Times in 2007 had declared certain Muslims responsible for the Mecca Masjid blast. He accused Bilal, the India chief of the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI) for the terror incidents in the city.
“There is something really wrong with Bilal and his family…his brother Zahid who is in Vishakhapatnam jail is even more dangerous and radical than Bilal. Bilal is behind the twin blasts and the Mecca mosque blast, I believe,” the Hyderabad MP said.
Mecca Masjid case may have culminated with acquittals to all accused, but what goes unnoticed is that as many as 100 Muslim youth were lodged in prisons for years together soon after Mecca Masjid bomb blast in May 2007 killing nine people during Friday prayers.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by the then city police chief Balwinder Singh ordered probe into the case which was led by H. K. Gupta, the then joint commissioner of police of the city, picked up scores of Muslim youth based on suspicion and booked cases against nearly 100 youngsters and remanded them to judicial custody.
Back then in an embarrassment to the administration and police, the youth were later released after involvement of right-wing Hindu nationalists came to the fore. CBI refused to chargesheet them and all were acquitted.
Eventually Central Bureau of Investigation filed a chargesheet against 10 accused including Swami Aseemanand – all members of right-wing Hindu groups. The National Investigation Agency took over the case from the CBI in 2011. On Monday, a special NIA court in Hyderabad acquitted all suspects in the decade-old Mecca Masjid blast case.
Owaisi may now choose to remain silent on the issue but his statements are well documented.