Baig was LeT commander for Maharashtra: ATS chargesheethttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/baig-was-let-commander-for-maharashtra-ats-chargesheet/

Baig was LeT commander for Maharashtra: ATS chargesheet

According to ATS, the bakery blast conspiracy was hatched in Colombo in 2008 and was finalised in Udgir in Maharashtra in January 2010.

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Mirza Himayat Baig (green shirt), held guilty in German Bakery blast, was convicted in April 2013. Express File photo

As per the ATS chargesheet, Himayat Baig conducted a recce of GB on January 31, 2010. Chargesheet states that Yasin Bhatkal and Mohsin Choudhary, under instructions of Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal, had met Baig in Udgir to finalise their plan to plant a bomb in GB in January 2010. It was on their instructions that Baig carried out a recce of the GB on January 31, 2010. Yasin and Choudhary had again gone to Udgir and held a meeting with Baig in the first week of February to give finishing touches to the plan, states the chargesheet. The bomb was assembled by the duo with the help of Baig at the Global Internet Cafe at Udgir, between 1 am and 5 pm on February 7.

According to ATS, the bakery blast conspiracy was hatched in Colombo in 2008 and was finalised in Udgir in Maharashtra in January 2010. Chargesheet says that Baig was the alleged LeT commander for Maharashtra. A native of Beed district in Maharashtra, he was closely associated to alleged LeT operatives Kagzi, Zabiuddin Ansari alias Zabi. The chargesheet says that Baig had gone to Colombo in March 2008 to discuss with Fayyaz Kagzi and Zabiuddin Ansari and there “the diabolic design to cause further terrorist activities was finalised”.

Baig was allegedly trained by the duo to build an explosive device and explode it. They are also suspected to have given him money for explosive devices and for travelling expenses of Muslim youth indoctrinated for terror training. The chargesheet had stated that stamps of Chennai and Colombo airports were found on Baig’s passport, carrying number F5993196, which they had seized.

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“On February 13, Baig and Yasin carried the explosive device in a private vehicle from Udgir to Latur and in a state transport bus from Latur to Pune. The duo then hailed an autorickshaw to travel from Poolgate bus stand to Pune Railway Station and from there they went to Central Mall in another autorickshaw. “Yasin planted the bomb in a haversack at the bakery around 5 pm and triggered it with the help of a mobile triggering device at 6.50 pm,” the chargesheet stated.

Meanwhile, ATS claimed that Yasin Bhatal is seen in the CCTV footage obtained from the blast site. Meanwhile, in June 2012, the accused Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, was deported from Saudi Arabia to India. And in August 2013, the accused Yasin Bhatkal was arrested on India – Nepal border. In March 2014, ATS formally arrested Yasin in German Bakery blast case and filed a supplementary chargesheet against him in August same year.