Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Vinod Satav, who had investigated the German Bakery blast case, on Tuesday deposed in court that Himayat Inayat Mirza Baig (30), the lone arrested in the case, had received euros while allegedly receiving explosives training in Colombo .
Baig had gone to Sri Lanka between March 7 and March 24 in 2008. Satav also deposed that accused Fayyaz Kagzi alias Zulfikar Fayyaz Ahmed as well as Sayyed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Zabi, both residents of Beed who trained Baig, funded the visit with 3,000 euros to purchase materials to assemble bombs. Satav, who had investigated the case as the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), Pune unit chief in 2010, is now attached with the crime branch.
In his statement, Satav also said that Baig had conducted a survey of German Bakery on January 31, 2010, before planting explosives on February 13 that year. Satav, the last witness in case, recorded his statement on the second consecutive day in the court of Additional Sessions Judge N P Dhote, during his examination-inchief by special public prosecutor Raja Thakare.
According to Satav, ATS investigations revealed that just a few months before the blast, Baig had withdrawn Rs 73,000, Rs 18,500 and Rs 30,000 respectively from the State Bank of Hyderabad, using ATM cards and accounts registered in the name of his friend. ATS had requested the bank to preserve a record of the transactions. Satav told the court, “In Udgir, Baig was posing as a cyber cafe owner and was known as ‘Yusuf Sir’ or ‘Hasan’.
However, he was closely attached with banned organisations like SIMI, Indian Mujahideen (IM), and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). As per instructions from absconding accused, including Yasin Bhatkal, Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal and Mohaseen Choudhary, he spread the ideology of jihad among youth, provoking them to take part in antinational activities.”
He added that explosives specimens from the German Bakery blast site and explosives found at Baig’s Udgir home were a match as per reports from forensic laboratories.
Satav revealed that Baig had forged various documents and SIM cards case, while trying to establish that contact details of suspected terrorists were found in documents recovered from Baig. On December 12 , defence lawyers A Rehman and Kainath Ali Shaikh will cross-examine ACP Satav.