Shortly after a sessions court passed the death sentence on Mirza Himayat Baig,he fainted on the premises of Shivajinagar court.Baig,who was pronounced guilty on Monday,was being escorted by cops to the custody room after the sentencing on Thursday evening,when he sagged and fainted.
The police quickly arranged for water for Baig,after which he somewhat regained his composure and walked groggily to the custody room along with the escorts,eyewitnesses said. When Baig,in a white shirt with thin black stripes and black trousers,was brought out of the main old building of Shivajinagar court around 5.15 pm,a large number of people gathered around him and some reporters tried to click his pictures but the Anti Terrorism Squad personnel prevented them.
Throughout the day,Baig had looked nervous. In courtroom in the morning,when he was asked for his say on the sentence,Baig broke down and read out a plea from a handwritten note he had brought with him.
Court turns fortress
The city police had turned Shivajinagar court into a fortress with heavy bandobast for the sentencing of Mirza Himayat Baig in the German Bakery blast case.
A deputy commissioner of police,an assistant commissioner of police,10 police inspectors,17 PSIs and 200 constables (including 40 women) stood guard on the sprawling court premises. In addition to this,Crime Branch personnel and the Court Police also manned the entry and exit gates. A Rapid Action Force unit and a State Reserve Police Force were kept on standby.