Baig received 8,000 euros during Colombo training, says ACP Satav

During the hearing of German Bakery blast case, investigating officer ACP Vinod Satav told the court that arrested accused Himayat Baig had received 8,000 euros when he had gone to Colombo in 2008 for a training in handling explosives from Zabiuddin Ansari and Fayaz Kagzi, operatives of Lashkar-e-Toiba.

The examination of Satav by the prosecution concluded in the court of Additional Sessions Judge N P Dhote on Tuesday. Satav told the court the ATS version of the conspiracy behind the blast that took place on February 13, 2010, killing 17 persons.

He said, "In 2006, Baig came in contact with Ansari and Kagzi. On March 7, 2008, Baig went to Colombo to receive training in handling explosives. Ansari and Kagzi were also there. Investigation has revealed that Baig received Euros 8,000 during this time. We now know that he used to get the money converted to rupees and deposit it into an account of one Rehan, who stayed with him in Udgir. Satav said handwriting experts' analysis had revealed that Baig was operating Rehan's account for a long time."

After Baig's arrest, ATS had recovered two bags from his house in Udgir. One of the bags had his passport and the entries on it showed the police that Baig had gone to Colombo on March 7 and returned on March 24, Satav said. He told the court, "Immediately after he returned, Rs 73,000 was deposited in Rehan's account. Another entry was that of Rs 18,000 a few days later."

He said, "As part of the investigation, I was looking into various modus operandi of terror operatives. Changing names, faking the location with use of cell phones were some of them mentioned in Al-Qaeda manual, which is available on the Internet. Baig's way of working was similar to this."

Satav told the court about how on two occasions Baig gave his cell phones to friends in Mumbai and Aurangabad to fake his location.

Explaining the last lap of conspiracy, Satav said, "In the third week of January in 2010, two absconding suspects in the case — Yasin Bhatkal and Mohsin Chaudhari — went to Udgir. As they were coming, Baig asked Rehan to go to Hyderabad.

"The plan of the blast was hatched during that period."

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