New Delhi, Apr 16: Families and relatives of victims of the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast are upset with the special NIA court’s verdict of acquitting five people, including Swami Aseemanand, in the blast case.

Fayaz Khan, who lost his uncle and brother-in-law in the blast, said they didn’t get justice and it was the responsibility of the government to see that the guilty were punished. “We have not got justice…it is the responsibility of the government to move the High Court against today’s judgment and see to it that all of them are punished accordingly,” he said.

Syed Salman, who had got injured in the blast, said he didn’t get justice even after 11 years. He said the agencies should take the case seriously to ensure justice to the victims. Mohd Omar, a relative of another blast victim, seconded Syed Salman.

A blast carried out by remote control had ripped through the historic Mecca Masjid on May 18, 2007, killing nine people and wounding 58.

The NIA court on Monday said while acquitting the accused that the prosecution couldn’t present clinching evidence against the accused. 10 people including Swami Aseemanand were named accused in the case. Five accused were arrested including Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand, Devendra Gupta, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar and Rajendra Chowdhary. While two accused are absconding, another accused died.

After the verdict, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra attacked the Congress, saying the party defamed Hindus for some votes.

“For its appeasement politics, the Congress targeted and defamed Hindus and the country for merely some votes. That conspiracy has been exposed. The Congress has been exposed like never before,” he said.

Meanwhile, Special NIA judge Ravindra Reddy resigned on Monday, hours after delivering judgement in the Mecca Masjid blast case. The judge submitted his resignation to Andhra Pradesh chief justice, citing personal reasons.

The judge’s sudden resignation intrigued All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party (AIMIM) chief Assaduddin Owaisi. “Judge (sic) who gave acquittal to all accused in Mecca Masjid Blast RESIGNS very intriguing and I am surprised with the Lordship decision,” he said in a tweet.

(Agency Inputs)