After the Mecca Masjid verdict, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has hit out at the Modi government slamming it for saying that 'Hindu terror' was a creation of previous government. Slamming the government, Owaisi said,
“BJP has been applauding the verdict. This is the first government which is not with the victims but is standing with the accused.”
Coming down heavily on government’s stance that ‘Hindu Terror’ was a creation of the previous government (Congress-led UPA government). He also recalled the conviction of Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel in the Ajmer Dargah blast case of 2007. While criticising the NDA government, he said,
“What is Islamic Terrorism? Isn’t Hindu Terror real, too?,”
The AIMIM chief also blamed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for the acquittal of the five accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case. While comparing the Dilsukhnagar case with the Mecca Masjid case, he said,
“For every court hearing in this case, NIA was sending in Inspectors whereas in the trial in the Dilsukhnagar case, an IPS officer was present for every hearing. Moreover, NIA engaged an advocate who had no experience in dealing with a single murder case, let alone he representing the agency in a case of this magnitude. For dealing with such cases, an advocate should have at least 10 years of experience. But deliberately, they engaged a weak advocate.”
“Despite the fact the Swamy Aseemanand confessed to having carried out bomb blasts in Mecca Masjid, Ajmer Shareef and Samjhauta express, he retracted it later. Don't be surprised if the same accused are acquitted in the Samjhauta express case too,” he added.
He also went as far as comparing terrorists with Nathuram Godse. Remarking that all those who planted bombs in Mecca Masjid, Ajmer Shareef and Samjhauta Express are the “illegitimate children of Nathuram Godse”, he wondered who will now do justice for the Mecca Masjid blast victims.
"I must warn the Centre that all those who are behind these bomb blasts are now roaming free on the streets and they are a grave threat to the country,'' he said.
On April 16, a special NIA court at Nampally acquitted five accused in the over a decade-long case, citing lack of evidence against them. Out of a total of 10 accused named in the case, only five faced trial, as one died while others are still absconding.
The blast, which took place on May 18, 2007 at the Hyderabad mosque during Friday prayers, had killed eight people and left 58 injured.