HYDERABAD: In an apparent attempt to woo the MIM, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday said Muslims were unfairly implicated in the Mecca Masjid blast which was the “handiwork of Hindu militants.”Speaking at the Rachabanda programme in Barkas, a predominantly Muslim locality, he said the blast in the mosque was triggered by a fringe Hindu terror outfit to vitiate the atmosphere of communal harmony in the State capital. In the same breath, he announced that cases booked against innocent Muslims, especially youth, in the wake of the blast in 2007 would be dropped and promised them financial assistance.“The State government has a responsibility to help the innocent youths, who were arrested, to lead a normal life,” he stressed. The Chief Minister’s remarks came close on the heels of the Congress attempts to seal a deal with actor Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam Party in the face of a threat to the government from former Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. The ruling party’s overtures to the MIM are a logical step forward in consolidating support for the government.With MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi seated beside him, Kiran Kumar Reddy dwelt at length on the blasts. “Had it not been for the CBI investigation, it would not have been established that the Mecca Masjid blast was the handiwork of Hindu organisations,” he felt adding “initially, all of us thought Muslims were behind the blasts.” The reference to Hindu militants drew applause from the sizeable number of people at the meeting. Evidently pleased, Kiran Kumar Reddy emphasised the State government had to do good to the community and assured the MIM legislators that his government would leave no stone unturned to achieve the goal.