Baig gets death sentence for German Bakery blast

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German bakery. File photo
German bakery. File photo

Pune, Apr 18 (PTI): Mirza Himayat Baig, the lone convicted accused in the German Bakery blast case, was today sentenced to death by a Pune Sessions Court.

Additional Sessions Judge N P Dhote handed down capital punishment to Baig for murder and criminal conspiracy, besides under provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Explosive Substances Act.

The court had on 15 April pronounced Baig, the only person arrested in the blasts that left 17 dead and 64 wounded at the popular eatery on February 13, 2010, guilty of involvement in the crime.

The punishment was announced after the judge heard arguments of defence and prosecution on the quantum of sentence.

Baig, a resident of Maharashtra’s Beed district, was held guilty under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substances), 474 (forgery), 153(A) (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, place of birth, language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 120(B) (Criminal Conspiracy) of IPC. He was also pronounced guilty under various sections of UAPA and Explosives Substances Act.

He was given the death sentence under sections 302 and 120(B) of IPC, 16(A) of UAPA and Section 3 of Explosive Substances Act.

The court had accepted the prosecution’s contention that it was a “carefully planned and executed attack calculated to terrorise the public in general by causing extensive damage to life and property and that the primary objective was to undermine and reduce faith of the common citizen in the elected government and destabilise the system of law.”

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