New Delhi: In a crucial verdict, 2010 German Bakery blast prime accused Mirza Himayat Baig was on Thursday awarded capital punishment by a Pune sessions court.

Himayat Baig convicted in German Bakery blast

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 April 15 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. Five foreigners were among the 17 victims killed in the blast. 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 terrorize 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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