German Bakery blast: Trial against Bhatkal at snail’s pace

Mubarak Ansari
Thursday, 13 February 2020

The court framed charges against Bhatkal on April 29, 2019, marking the beginning of trial. “The trial is going at a snail’s pace as Bhatkal has to depose before various courts in different cases,” an officer told Sakal Times. 

PUNE: The trial in the German Bakery blast case of February 13, 2010, has begun against terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal who allegedly planted the bomb. However, five accused are still wanted in the case even after 10 years.  

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has filed a chargesheet against Bhatkal, whose original name is Mohammad Ahmad Mohammad Zarar Siddibappa, a native of Bhatkal, Karnataka. He is also known by the aliases Ahmad, Imran and Shivanand. There are several bomb blasts cases against him in different parts of the country.

BHATKAL WAS ARRESTED FROM RAXAUL
(Bihar) on the India–Nepal border in 2013. The ATS formally arrested him in the German Bakery case in March 2014  and filed a supplementary charge sheet against him in August same year.

The court framed charges against Bhatkal on April 29, 2019, marking the beginning of trial. “The trial is going at a snail’s pace as Bhatkal has to depose before various courts in different cases,” an officer told Sakal Times. 

After the blast, the ATS first arrested Mirza Himayat Baig, native of Beed district, on September 7, 2010, and claimed to have recovered explosive materials from his residence in Udgir. 

On April 18, 2013, the Sessions Court in Pune awarded death sentence to Baig. However, a higher court acquitted him in the bomb blast case but granted life term for possessing explosives. 

It was 7.10 pm on February 13, 2010, when a powerful bomb ripped apart the famous German Bakery which was full of patrons, killing 17 and injuring about 60 others.

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