A special NIA court is likely to pronounce its verdict in the Mecca Masjid blast case today. The fourth additional metropolitan sessions and the special court for NIA cases had concluded the trial and posted the case for judgement on April 16.

The blast which took place in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007, during Friday prayers killed nine people and injured 58 others with 10 members of Abhinav Bharat including Nabakumar Sirkar alias Swami Aseemanand; Mohanlal Rateshwar, Devender Gupta; Lakshman Das Maharaj, Lokesh Sharma alias Ajay Tiwari, and Rajender Chowdhary were named as accused in the case. Two others - Ramchandra Kalsangra and Sandeep Dange are still learned to be absconding while a key accused and RSS functionary, Sunil Joshi, was shot during the investigation of the case.

Currently, Swami Aseemanand and Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar are out on bail while three others have been lodged in Hyderabad's Central Prison.

State police has sounded a high alert in view of the verdict in the Mecca Masjid blast case expected to be pronounced by a National Investigation Agency special court in the city on Monday. 

In addition, the Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda police have been asked to post pickets in all sensitive areas and public places including bus stations, railway stations and other crowded locations.

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