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German Bakery blast: Charges framed against co-conspirator Yasin Bhatkal

Yasin Bhatkal, the Indian Mujahideen operative and co-conspirator in the 2010 German Bakery blast was produced in a Pune court on Monday.

pune Updated: Apr 30, 2019 13:30 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
German Bakery blast,Charges framed,co-conspirator
Yasin Bhatkal.(Hindustan Times FILE PHOTO)

Yasin Bhatkal, the Indian Mujahideen operative and co-conspirator in the 2010 German Bakery blast has been produced in a Pune court on Monday.

Charges have been framed against him under sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 2004, Explosive Substance Act, 1908, and Indian Penal Code.

Court of special judge KD Vadane later adjourned the matter till June 15.

Bhatkal was brought to Pune by an Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) from Delhi’s Tihar jail, where he is facing charges in multiple terror cases.

“The ATS moved an application stating security reasons because of which he cannot be brought over here and that the charges be framed through video conferencing. This application was moved at least three to four dates back, but the court asked ATS to produce him,” said advocate Zaheerkhan Pathan, who is representing Bhatkal.

“Surprisingly, again an application has come, not from the complainant Maharashtra ATS, but from the assistant commissioner of police, Delhi police, stating that the trial be conducted through video conferencing citing security reasons,” said Pathan.

“The trial has to be conducted in the presence of Bhatkal. It is the principle of natural justice. The security reasons cited are flimsy. It is the state which has to take care of his security. He can be lodged at Yerawada, Taloja - or anywhere in Maharashtra and can be facilitated for trial,” said Pathan.

He was arrested in German Bakery blast case on March 2014, days after he was nabbed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) at the Indo-Nepal border in August 2013.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad had on December 4, 2010, filed a charge sheet against Yasin and six others including the lone convict Mirza Himayat Baig, Mohsin Choudhary, Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Faiyaz Kagzi and Zabiuddin Ansari.

According to the chargesheet, on the morning of February 13, 2010, Baig, Choudhary and Yasin left for Pune from Udgir, Marathwada. The same evening Yasin planted a bomb at Pune’s famous German Bakery in Koregaon park. The bomb exploded at 7 pm killing 17 people - four foreigners - and injured 57 others.

Following his arrest by NIA, Yasin was also tried in the 2013 Hyderabad twin blast case and in December 2016, Bhatkal, along with four others, were convicted and sentenced to death. Since then, he has been lodged in Tihar Central Jail, Delhi.

First Published: Apr 30, 2019 13:28 IST