The leader of Hyderabad-based Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (MIM), Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday said that he would meet Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governer ESL Narasimhan and will make an appeal to him to direct the government to begun a fresh investigation into the Mecca Masjid blast case, according to the reports.
While speaking to a public meeting held in Saidabad on Wednesday, Owaisi demanded explanation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his silence on the verdict in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case and asked Modi whether he would “stand with victims of the Mecca Masjid blast, or with the accused who were acquitted in the case”.
According to the news reports, Owaisi tried to point out different approaches of NIA for the Mecca Masjid blast and 2013 Dilsukhnagar bomb blast.
The MIM chief said, “In Dilsukhnagar case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) worked overtime to ensure that the three accused, including Indian Mujahideen (IM) founder Yaseen Bhatkal, were convicted and awarded death sentence. But, in Mecca Masjid blast case, the NIA, which has now turned blind and deaf, went slowly at the behest of their political masters in New Delhi.”
MIM Chief Owaisi also accused the NIA of “deliberately” engaging a weak counsel to represent the agency in the Mecca Masjid blast case.
He promised legal help to the family of any victim trying to appeal against the judgment.
The MIM chief also criticised the Modi-led government at the centre for alleging that ‘Hindu terror’ was a creation of the previous governments. Referring to the conviction of Devendra Gupta and Bhavesh Patel in the 2007 Ajmer dargah blast case, Owaisi was quoted as saying, “What is Islamic terrorism?… Isn’t Hindu terror too for real?”
“Terrorism has become a new religion in itself. All those who carried out bomb blasts in Mecca Masjid, Ajmer Shareef and Samjhauta express are illegitimate children of Nathuram Godse”, Owaisi was quoted as saying. Godse, a former RSS man, had assassinated Mahatma Gandhi on 30 January 1948.
A special NIA court in Hyderabad on Monday acquitted all the five accused, including Swami Aseemanand, in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case.