Chronology of Hyderabad blasts

In a case that took eleven years to come to a conclusion, all the accused were acquitted by the NIA court

April 17, 2018 09:47 am | Updated December 01, 2021 12:16 pm IST

A mob throwing stones at policemen near Charminar, Hyderabad after the Mecca Masjid blasts in May 2007.

A mob throwing stones at policemen near Charminar, Hyderabad after the Mecca Masjid blasts in May 2007.

The May 18, 2007 bomb blast was the first major incident in Hyderabad in which probe agencies suspected a Hindu right-wing hand.

Here's a look at the events

May 18, 2007: Around 1.25 p.m., soon after the afternoon prayers, an improvised explosive device, kept beneath a slabstone inside Mecca Masjid, explodes. Nine dead, 58 injured. Five more killed in police firing to control a mob.

May 19: Andhra Pradesh police registered a case, took up investigations and arrested more than 200 persons, but couldn't achieve any breakthrough due to lack of evidence.

June 9, 2007: Case is transferred to the CBI.

August 25, 2007: Even as investigation was on, twin blasts rocked the city at Gokul Chat in Koti and Lumbini park on Necklace Road. 42 died in twin blasts, over 100 injured.

2010: CBI arrested Devender Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand.

2011: Case transferred to NIA. CBI and NIA filed chargesheets against 10 accused, all members of Abhinav Bharat, inclusing Swami Aseemanand.

March 23, 2017: Swami Aseemanand granted bail.

February 15, 2018: Lt. Col. Prasad Purohit, a prime witness in the Mecca Masjid blast case, turns hostile.

April 16, 2018: All the accused are acquitted by a special NIA court citing lack of evidence.

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