Batla House terrorist nabbed after 10 years

"His wife did not know about his involvement with terror blasts and his work as an Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist".

The engineer-turned-terrorist was on a run since the September 2008 Batla House encounter when 2 suspects from the terror group were killed while two were caught red-handed.

Khan managed to escape during that time, reports said.

Ariz Khan alias Junaid, who carries a reward of Rs 15 lakh, is suspected to have been involved in serial blasts in Delhi, Jaipur and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and was closely associated with Bhatkal brothers - Yasin and Iqbal - who co-founded the Indian Mujahideen. The 13 September, 2008, serial blasts in Delhi killed 30 people and injured several others.

During the encounter, cops shot down two Indian Mujahideen terrorists but also lost one of its men, Insp.

A few days ago, a specific information was received that Khan will be coming to UP from Banbasa, Indo-Nepal border, to meet an associate, the officer said.

Ariz Khan, an alleged Indian Mujahideen operative arrested by the Delhi Police, was married to a Nepali Hindu woman, who later converted to Islam, and had managed to get citizenship of Nepal through fake documents, police said. Qureshi was arrested last month by Delhi Police.

He was also wanted in the Batla House encounter in the same year in which Delhi Police Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was killed. While majority helped them with financial aid, they refused to provide them shelter.

Khan was born in Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh and studied there at different schools.

It was in November 2007 that the members of the IM had sent an email to the top TV news channels five minutes before the blasts, claiming responsibility for the blasts, police said. In three years, from 2014 till 2017, he met many IM sympathisers and in 2017, he started coming to India, police said.

  • Aubrey Nash