New Delhi: In a crucial judgement, 2010 German Bakery blast prime accused Mirza Himayat Baig was on Monday held guilty in the case by a Pune sessions court.

According to reports, Baig was convicted for conspiring the powerful blast at the bakery in Koregaon Park on February 13, 2010 that killed 17 people and left 64 others injured.

Sessions Court Judge NP Dhote held Baig, a resident of Beed district in Maharashtra, 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 convicted under various sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Explosive Substances Act.
    
The quantum of sentence would be pronounced on April 18. A powerful bomb had exploded at the German Bakery, a popular eatery also frequented by foreigners, on February 13, 2010, in first terror attack in Pune. Five foreigners were among the 17 victims killed in the blast.
    
It was also the first major terror strike after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008. The Maharashtra Police's Anti-Terrorism Squad had arrested Baig from a bus stand in Pune in September 2010.
    
The ATS had filed a charge sheet in the case on December 4, 2010 against Baig and six others including Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, one of the handlers of 26/11 terrorists, Fayyaz Kagzi, Yasin Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Riyaz Bhatkal and Mohsin Chaudhari.
    
Jundal, however, has not been shown arrested in this case, while all others are absconding. Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Headley, in his testimony before a US court in the trial of his accomplice Tahawwur Rana, had admitted that he had recced and taken photographs of the popular hang-out in Pune.

(JPN/Agencies)

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