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German Bakery blast: Himayat Baig gets death sentence

Mirza Himayat Baig, the lone convicted accused in the 2010 German Bakery bombing that killed 17 and wounded 64, was on Thursday sentenced to death for murder and criminal conspiracy by a sessions court here which termed his crime as ‘rarest of rare’.

Additional sessions judge N P Dhote, after hearing the day-long arguments on the quantum of sentence, pronounced his verdict, saying the case fell under the ‘rarest of the rare’ category warranting the most severe punishment.

The court had on 15 April pronounced Baig, the only person arrested in the blast at the popular eatery on 13 February, 2010, that brought Pune on the terror radar, guilty of involvement in the crime. Six others named in the chargesheet in the case, including Yasin Bhatkal who is alleged to have planted the bomb, are still absconding.

The judge sentenced Baig to death under sections 302 (murder), 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy), of IPC, besides section 16 (a) of UAPA and Sec 3 of Explosive Substances Act.
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