Indian Mujahideen second top leader arrested within days in Delhi Police op

Feb 15, 2018, 01:37
Indian Mujahideen second top leader arrested within days in Delhi Police op

Officials said that Aariz Khan, alias Junaid, a member of home-grown terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, was nabbed by a special team of Delhi Police from the India-Nepal border.

DCP of special cell confirmed the arrest of most wanted terrorist Ariz Khan on Wednesday, who was escaped since 2008 from the police after the serial blasts in Delhi.

During the Batla House operation, encounter specialist Mohan Chand Sharma was killed.

"He is an expert bomb maker, conspirator and executioner".

The raid was conducted six days after serial blasts in Delhi's Paharganj, Barakhamba Road, Connaught Place, Greater Kailash and Govindpuri and a shootout had ensued between the suspects and police. Khan was also involved in several bombing incidents such as the Ahmedabad serial blasts in July 2008 in which 56 people were killed, while more than 150 people were injured. "Almost 165 people died in incidents he was involved in", Kushwaha added. Five bomb blasts within a span of 30 minutes rocked had rocked the national capital killing 30 and injuring over 100. His supposed aid in the Batla House encounter case and Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist Shahzad Ahmed was sentenced to life imprisonment. A native of Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh, Khan carried a bounty of Rs 15 lakh on his head.

He had got the citizenship of Nepal through fake papers, he said. Initially, he tried his hand at running a restaurant but later started teaching in different schools in Nepal, according to some reports in the media.

In November 2007, three Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists were thrashed at the Lucknow sessions courts. "In March, 2017, he came back to Nepal from Saudi Arabia and clandestinely visited India to revive the IM", he said. So in order to teach a lesson to lawyers in Uttar Pradesh, blasts were planned at Varanasi, Faizabad and Lucknow courts.

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