Mumbai: A day after being released from jail, it was an emotional reunion for the accused in the Malegaon blast case with their families. But the question is what does the order and the case mean for the small town which came to the national spotlight after those blasts.
There was celebration in the wee hours of Thursday morning in Malegaon, after the seven accused of a role in the 2006 serious blasts in the town returned home after five years.
The scenes at the homes of the accused, like Shabbir Masiullaah, seemed nothing short of an emotional festival.
Another accused Abrar Ahmed who had become an approver in the case, but later retracted his confession, expressed relief on getting bail, but turned emotional when asked about the 5-year long ordeal behind bars.
With the NIA almost tacitly agreeing to the complete lack of evidence against the 7 accused, especially in view of Swami Aseemanand's confession, they are now hopeful of an acquittal.