Arrested Indian Mujahideen terrorist may have links to Batla House encounter
Ariz Khan, the suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist whom Delhi police arrested Wednesday, had been on the run since the 2008 Batla House encounter
New Delhi: Just weeks after the Delhi Police nabbed SIMI-IM (Students’ Islamic Movement of India-Indian Mujahideen) operative, Abdul Subhan Qureshi on 22 January, another operative of the group, Ariz Khan, was arrested by the Delhi Police’s special cell, on Wednesday.
“Delhi Police Special Team arrested Ariz Khan alias Junaid, he was involved in many bombing incidents including 2008 Delhi serial blasts and 165 people died in incidents he was involved in,” Pramod Singh Kushwaha, deputy commissioner of police, special cell Delhi Police told reporters.
Khan, the police confirmed, was also believed to be one of the two men who escaped during the 2008 Batla House encounter. He has also been accused of his alleged involvement in five bomb blast cases including the 2008 serial blasts in Ahmedabad and Delhi.
The Delhi Police added that Khan was found near the Nepal border and brought to Delhi four days back, while investigations are on to “check whether Ariz had any links with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).”
Khan’s arrest comes close on the heels of Qureshi’s arrest.
The Delhi Police stated, earlier in January, that Qureshi had gone to Nepal with fake documents and had been living there for many years. He also went to Saudi Arabia between 2013 and 2015 and returned to India to revive the terror network.
Qureshi has been accused of plotting the blasts in Ahmedabad and Surat on 26 July 2008. As many as 21 bombs were planted in tiffin carriers and motorcycles in markets, bus stations and even hospitals.
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