“My brother Himayat Baig thanked God and expressed relief that the blot of killing so many people was taken off of his forehead. He told me and my parents to pray for him and said that he was sure the Supreme Court will exonerate him from the remaining charges as well,” said Tariq Baig, younger brother of Himayat. Tariq had travelled to Mumbai from his house in Beed to be present in the court when the judgment was pronounced.
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Himayat Baig was acquitted of terror charges in the German Bakery bomb blast by the Bombay HC. Tariq Baig visited his brother at Arthur Road Jail where he is presently lodged. Baig, who was arrested Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in September 2010 has spent over five years in various prisons of the state including Pune’s Yerwada Central Prison, Mumbai’s Arthur Road Prison and Nagpur Central Prison. Although he has maintained that he had nothing to do with the blast that rocked the city of Pune, ATS had gone so far as to claim that he was the mastermind of the terror conspiracy and was also Maharashtra head of Lashkar-e-Taiba.
“These five years have been terrible for the family. Yesterday’s judgment has brought some relief to us. We are hoping for the day when Himayat will come back from jail,” said Tariq. Baig, a teacher by education, belongs to a lower middle class family from Kamwada in Maharashtra’s Beed district. His father Inayat Baig, 85, has a jalebi stall while his brothers Tariq, 41, and Shehzad, respectively work in a small hotel and as a driver.