Pune: Three years after the German Bakery blast killed 17 people and injured over 60, a Pune court come out with a crucial judgement on Monday. It was the first major terror strike in Pune that dented its tag of being a peaceful city.
On February 13, 2010, a deadly blast ripped through Pune's famous eating joint German Bakery. Seventeen people died and 64 others were injured. A Pune court will on Monday announce the verdict on Himayat Baig, the man who allegedly provided logistical support for the blast.
Himayat Baig, the only accused arrested in the case so far, was taken into custody in September 2010. The Maharashtra ATS filed a chargesheet in December 2010 and named five others as wanted accused. They include the alleged co-founders of Indian Mujahideen, the Bhatkal brothers - Yasin, Riyaz and Iqbal.
Another accused, Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, is facing trial for his role in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case. A total of 103 witnesses were examined as Baig has been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and the Explosive Substances Act.
While the prosecution has claimed that the conspiracy was planned in Colombo in 2008, Baig has denied allegations of knowing the other accused. He claims that he was in Aurangabad on the day of the blast. For the victims, the wait for justice may end soon.