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Bakery blast: first chargesheet

india Updated: Dec 05, 2010 01:30 IST
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Three months after it first claimed to have cracked the German Bakery blast, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Friday filed its first charge sheet in the case, naming seven suspects.

Among those charged are four alleged Indian Mujahideen operatives and three alleged Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operatives.

Only one of the seven men, Mirza Himayat Baig, has been arrested; supplementary chargesheets will be filed when the others are arrested.

The ATS arrested Baig, an alleged LeT operative from Beed, at a bus station in Pune on September 7. He was allegedly one of the men who planted the bomb at German Bakery on February 13, killing 17 people and injuring 57 others.

The seven men have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Explosives Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

After the chargesheet was filed, the court passed an order to keep the identity of the witnesses secret, at the request of public prosecutor AV Ausekar.

The ATS believes Baig carried out the blast at the behest of four IM operatives who were allegedly behind the 2008 serial blasts in Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Delhi and Bangalore.