Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Saturday filed a chargesheet against seven accused including arrested Mirza Himayat Baig (29), in connection with February 13 German Bakery blast.
Among the other accused against whom chargesheet have been filed are -Mohsin Choudhary, Yasin Bhatkal, Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Faiyaz Kagzi and Zabiuddin Ansari. The ATS have not been able to trace these six accused so far as most of them are believed to be out of India.
Vinod Satav, assistant commissioner of police, (ATS) submitted the chargesheet before Judicial Magistrate First Class S S Bose. He maintained before the court that for the safety of witnesses, the investigation agency has protected their identity.
The ATS therefore has decided to give only truncated copy to accused in which identities of the witnesses have been masked.
"It is essential to be bear in mind that co-conspirators and the co accused are still at large and therefore considering the magnitude and seriousness of offence and threat to the security of witnesses, it is essential to keep witnesses' identity and addresses secret," said Public Prosecutor A V Ausekar.
Ausekar under section 44 of Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act 1967, requested the court "to issue directions that identities and addresses of witnesses are not disclosed."
The ATS will hand over chargesheet copy to accused Baig on Monday, the day when he will be produced before court for extension of judicial custody. While Satav refused to share any details about chargesheet, the public prosecutor pointed at previous remand reports for information against other six accused.
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 the arrest, investigating agency 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, 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 sources said. The bomb exploded at around 7 pm killing 17 people - four foreigners - and injured 57.
Kagzi and Ansari, alias Zabi, were key accused in May 10, 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case. According to ATS sources, Baig was close to Ansari and Zabi, also a suspect in 26/11 terror attack. The ATS sources maintains that it was Kagzi, who trained Baig for arms handling at Colombo in Srilanka during 20 days stay in July 2008
The investigating agency believe that both Ansari and Zabi have played their role in bakery blast. The other two accused Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, both hailing from Bhatkal town of Karnataka, are accused for providing logistical support to Baig.
ATS files chargesshet against seven accused:
* On September 12th Baig along with Chodhary and Yasin assembled a bomb laced with RDX at his Global Cyber Cafe in Udgir. The next morning, Baig, Choudhay and Yasin reached Pune by State Transport bus. The same evening Yasin planted a bomb at Pune's famous German Bakery in Koregaon park, the ATS sources said. The bomb exploded at around 7 pm, killing 17 people -four foreigners including two Sudannese, an Italian and Iranian - and injured 57.
* Himayat Baig was arrested while Mohsin Choudhary, Yasin Bhatkal, Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Faiyaz Kagzi and Zabiuddin Ansari are still untraceable and are believed to be in Pakistan.
* The sections under which all the seven accused 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, 21.