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Suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist arrested

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

An alleged Indian Mujahideen(IM) terrorist, who was linked to serial blasts in UP, and and had escaped during the Batla House encounter, was arrested from the Indo-Border, police said.

A team of the Police's Special Cell arrested (32) fron Banwasa on Indo-border yesterday evening, said PS Kushwah, DCP(Special Cell).

"Khan was involved in reviving the IM and SIMI in the country after the arrest of its big leaders. He was absconding since a decade and a reward of Rs 15 lakh had been announced for his arrest," Kushwah said.

He was a member of (Sanjarmur) module of the IM and was based in where he was teaching at a school. His associate, Tauqueer, was arrested earlier by the Police in January this year.

Khan was wanted by the Police in connection with serial blasts in September 2008 in the national capital in which about 30 people were killed and over 100 injured.

He was also wanted in the Batla House encounter in the same year in which Police was killed.

"Khan was present along with other terrorists in Batla House and had managed to escape along with an accomplice during the encounter," the said.

He was an expert bomb-maker and a core member of module of the IM, He was involved in "conspiring and planning" Delhi, and bomb blasts in 2008 carried out by the IM, he said.

He was linked with deadly terror strikes in which about 165 people were killed and over 535 were injured. A Red Corner notice was also issued by the against him.

Khan was radicalised and introduced to terrorism when he was studying in a school in his hometown Azamgarh, said the

In November 2007, three terrorists were thrashed at the sessions courts. So in order to teach a lesson to lawyers in Uttar Pradesh, blasts were planned at Varanasi, and courts.

On November 23, 2007, Khan along with his IM associates planted at the courts. They also sent an e-mail to channels five minutes before the blasts to claim responsibility for them, he said.

Khan played a "pivotal role" in serial blasts of September, 2008. His associates Mohammad. and Khalid alias Kodi brought the explosive from Udupi (Karnataka) and he along with Atif Ameen, a friend from school days, received the explosives in Delhi, the said.

Also, Khan along with bought materials for the explosion from various markets of The group conducted recce of targets and on September 13, 2008 along with Khan planted IEDs at M-Block Market, Greater Kailash.

Thirty people were killed and 100 were injured in the serial blasts at Karol Bagh, Connaught Place, GK, the said.

After escaping during the Batla House encounter, Khan and his accomplice, Shehzad, visited their relatives in Delhi, UP, and Maharastra to seek shelter and financial aid but they did not receive any help.

A month later they separated and Khan crossed over to He later managed to get citizenship and a passport of the country in the name of Salim Khan, through fake papers.

Along with Tauqueer, he started teaching at a school there. He had studied B Tech at an institute in Muzaffarnagar but had failed in the second year, said the


He remained in till 2014 and during this period he came in touch with who motivated him to come to Dammam, for arranging money to revive the IM in India, he said.

In September 2014, he went to where he met many IM and SIMI sympathisers.

After returning from Saudi Arabia, he started visiting clandestinely to revive the IM. Through his established contacts, he procured logistics for his visits to He was scheduled to meet a contact in UP when he was caught, added the

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 20:25 IST
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