Panel exonerates Hyderabad police from Mecca Masjid firing incident

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 23:42

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government
on Tuesday accepted the report of Justice V Bhaskar Rao Committee
that probed into the police firing and related incidents in
the aftermath of the bomb blast at Mecca Masjid here in 2007.
The state cabinet which met here today accepted the
panel`s findings that exonerated Hyderabad City Police saying
the firing, in the aftermath of the bomb blast, was done to
prevent violence from spreading in communally sensitive Old
City area.

According to State Information Minister D K Aruna, the
government also accepted the recommendations, like installing
CCTV cameras and metal detectors at religious places, made by
the committee, for enhancing security measures not only at
Mecca masjid but also other religious shrines in the city.

Hyderabad Police came under sharp criticism over the
firing incident on May 18, 2007 that resulted in the death of
five protesters soon after a cell phone-controlled pipe bomb
went off at the historic mosque during Friday prayers, killing
nine people.

A one-man panel of Justice (retd) V Bhaskar Rao was
set up to probe into the circumstances prior to police firing
on a mob that had gathered at Shah Ali Banda to protest
against the blast in Mecca masjid. The committee had submitted
its report to the Andhra Pradesh Government last October.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is now
probing the blast case, recently filed a charge sheet against
Swami Aseemanand and also named RSS leader Indresh Kumar in
connection with the incident.

The CBI, which registered a case in June 2007, has so
far named six persons, all allegedly having links with a
right-wing Hindu group and also filed charge sheets against
two accused, Devendra Gupta and Lokesh Sharma, last year.


First Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 23:42

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