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German bakery case: court to give verdict today

Yogesh Joshi, Hindustan Times  Pune, April 15, 2013
First Published: 01:31 IST(15/4/2013) | Last Updated: 12:09 IST(15/4/2013)

More than three years after a blast at Pune’s famous eatery German bakery killed 17 persons and injured 57, a local court in Pune is likely to deliver its verdict in the case on Monday.

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Additional sessions judge NP Dhote started dictating the judgment since March last week after prosecution and defence concluded their arguments.

On March 26, the court had deffered the date till April 15. The prosecution has in total examined 103 witnesses in the case.

The judgment will decide the fate of lone arrested conspirator in the case Himayat Baig (31) as other five suspects including Mohsin Choudhary, Yasin Bhatkal, Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal – all Indian Mujahiddin members - and Faiyaz Kagzi are still at large.

The ATS did not arrest seventh suspect in the German bakery case Zabiuddin Ansari despite his name figuring in the chargesheet.

Ansari alias Abu Jundal was arrested in Delhi in June 2012 in connection with 26/11 Mumbai attack case.

The ATS, which later brought Ansari in Mumbai for the 26/11 trail, however never sought his custody in the Bakery blast.

According to chargesheet, Ansari trained Baig how to make bombs when the latter visited Colombo in 2008. During their meeting at Colombo, Ansari provided money to Baig, “for purchase of explosive devices and also funding travel of indoctrinated muslim youths who are desirous of undergoing terrorist training in Pakistan,” according to chargeshsheet that runs into 2500 pages.

The defence however has argued that prosecution has failed to prove that the conspiracy, as alleged in the chargesheet, was hatched in Colombo.

Baig, a native of Beed and Lashkar-e-Tayabba’s (LeT) Maharashtra unit chief, was arrested by ATS on September 7 at Pul-gate in Pune.

After his arrest, the ATS claimed that it has recovered 1200 kilogram of explosives from Baig, who in his Global cyber café at Udgir had allegedly assembled the bomb with the help from Choudhary and Yasin – both being member of Indian Mujahiddin.

On the morning of September 13, 2010, Baig, Choudhay and Yasin left for Pune from Udgir. The same evening Yasin planted a bomb at Pune’s famous German Bakery in Koregaon park, the ATS said.

The bomb exploded at around 7 pm killing 17 people –four among them foreigners including two Sudannese, an Italian and Iranian – and injured 57.

* According to chargesheet submitted by ATS, seven suspects including arrested Himayat BAig, Mohsin Choudhary, Yasin Bhatkal, Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Faiyaz Kagzi and Zabiuddin Ansari hatched the German Bakery blast consiracy.

* The sections under which all the seven accused in the case are charged includes –Indian Penal Code: 302, 307, 326325, 324, 427, 467, 468, 471, 474, 153(a), 34, 120(b).

* Explosives Substance Act: 3,4,5. Unlawful Activities Prevention Act: 10, 13, 16, 18, 20,


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