German Bakery blast: Court to sentence Himayat Baig today
Himayat Baig was convicted for murder, criminal conspiracy and other charges on Monday.
Pune: Three years after the German Bakery blast, the Pune sessions court will announce the quantum of punishment to main accused Himayat Baig on Thursday. Baig was convicted for murder, criminal conspiracy and other charges on Monday.
Himayat Baig, the man who provided logistical support for the blast is the only accused arrested in the case so far. He was taken into custody in September 2010.
Sessions Court Judge NP Dhote held Baig, a resident of Beed district in Maharashtra, guilty under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substances), 474 (forgery), 153(A) (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 120(B) (criminal conspiracy) of IPC. He was also convicted under various sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Explosive Substances Act.
The Maharashtra ATS had filed a chargesheet in December 2010 and named five others as wanted accused. They include the alleged co-founders of Indian Mujahideen, the Bhatkal brothers - Yasin, Riyaz and Iqbal.
Another accused, Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, is facing trial for his role in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case. A total of 103 witnesses were examined as Baig was charged under various sections of the IPC, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the Explosive Substances Act.
While the prosecution had claimed that the conspiracy was planned in Colombo in 2008, Baig had denied allegations of knowing the other accused. He had claimed that he was in Aurangabad on the day of the blast.
On February 13, 2010, a deadly blast ripped through Pune's famous eating joint German Bakery. Seventeen people died and 64 others were injured.
(With additional information from PTI)