New Delhi: In a bid to send a strong message to the practitioners of terror-politics, the Bahujan Mukti Party (BMP) is planning to field the German bakery blast ‘convict’ Himayat Baig from the Aurangabad constituency in Maharashtra in the ensuing general elections. His lawyer Mahmood Pracha has claimed that Baig had no role in the blast and has been falsely implicated and he is seeking his bail.
The newly-formed Dalit-based party BMP, which has strong presence in the Maharashtra, has announced that it will make Himayat Baig its candidate from Aurangabad seat in order to give a sense of feeling to those ‘innocent’ youths who have been rotting in jails without any crime. Patron of the BMP and president of the BAMCEF Waman Mishram told Muslim Mirror that by fielding Himyat Baig, the party wants to give a strong message that it is with the oppressed people and to boost morale of arrested youths. He said Baig’s lawyer Pracha assured him that he will deal the legal hurdles coming in the way of Baig’s candidature.
Waman Mishram said Pracha had informed him that three different agencies, National Investigating Agency, Delhi Police’s Special Cell and Bangalore Police that have conducted investigations in the German bakery blast, have said that they have not found Baig’s involvement in the blast case and only Maharashtra ATS has insisted that Baig had a hand in the blast. Pracha added that he would be applying for bail for Baig as there has been substantial evidence for his innocence.
Baig was sentenced to death in the German Bakery blast case based on a charge-sheet submitted by the Maharashtra ATS claiming that Baig along with Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal conspired to carry out the blast on February 13, 2010. The explosion that ripped through the eatery killed 17 people and injured 64 others.
The BMP is seeking an alliance of all weaker sections of the society including Muslims on a plank of creating a ‘representative democracy’ in which every caste and community has a say and participation.