German Bakery case judgment likely today

Apr 15, 2013, 01:40 IST | Sandip Kolhatkar

ATS has arrested only one suspect, Mirza Inayat Baig, who is in judicial custody at the Yerawada central jail

While Wikileaks has recently accented the 2010 German Bakery Blast, the court of additional sessions judge NP Dhote is expected to pronounce judgment in the terror case today.

Blown away: The high-intensity blast at the German Bakery in Koregaon Park killed 17 people and injured 60 others on February 13, 2010. File Pic.

Seventeen people died and 60 were injured in the attack on the popular establishment at Koregaon Park on February 13, 2010. The state Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested only one person, Mirza Himayat Inayat Baig of Beed.

While suspect Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal is in the custody of 26/11 investigators, IM suspects Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Mohsin Choudhary and Yasin Bhatkal, and Fayaaz Kagzi of LeT are still absconding.

Even as Special Public Prosecutor Raja Thakre has said that there’s enough evidence to prove Baig’s involvement in the blast, the defence claims that the prosecution has failed to establish the accused’s motive, maintaining that he has been falsely implicated.

The ATS said in its 2,500-page chargesheet that Baig, who was arrested on September 9, 2010, at Pulgate bus stand, was one of the conspirators in the case.

As per agency officials, Baig was sent to Colombo in 2008 to receive the training on how to assemble explosives by two of the co-accused in the case. After his return, the accused had started a cyber cafe in Udgir.

The conspiracy to attack the eatery was hatched in the last week of January 2010. Yasin Bhatkal assembled the bomb at Udgir. Bhatkal and Baig came together to Pune where Bhatkal planted the bomb at the eatery.

2,500: No of pages in the ATS chargesheet

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Initial media reports indicated that a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinder used for cooking had caused the blast, but the Pune City Fire Brigade issued a statement that the cylinders at German bakery were intact. Security agencies confirmed shortly thereafter that the explosion was a terrorist strike.

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