Delhi Police arrest Indian Mujahideen militant who escaped Batla House encounter

A police officer had died in the Batla House Encounter in Delhi in 2008

He was planning to revive IM in India by indoctrinating unemployed youths across the country.

The Delhi Police will release further details of today's arrest at a press conference in the afternoon.

Pramod Singh Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), said on Wednesday, "Sleuths of the Special Cell nabbed Ariz Khan alias Junaid".

Junaid was one of the suspects present in the Batla House flat where, in a shootout, Delhi Police inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was killed as the raiding team gunned down the alleged terror ring leader, Atif Ameen.

Junaid, an "expert bomb-maker", was arrested on Tuesday from the Indian side of Nepal border in Uttarakhand when he came to meet one of his associates, a senior police official said. He was wanted by many state police and investigating agencies and even Interpol Red Notice was issued against him for being main conspirator, fund raiser for waging war against country.

Kushwaha said that Khan and Tauqeer returned to the subcontinent in 2017 in order to revive the SIMI (Student Islamic Movement of India).

A native of Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh, Khan carried a bounty of '15 lakh on his head by the police.

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.

Khan played a "pivotal role" in Delhi serial blasts of September, 2008.

Also, Khan along with Bada Sajid bought materials for the explosion from various markets of Delhi. The marriage happened four years ago, the officer said, adding that she was unaware of his involvements in terror activities.

He had got the citizenship of Nepal through fake papers, he said.

Along with Tauqueer, he started teaching at a school there. Talking to Indian Express, the officer said that it was big catch as Junaid had been absconding for over 10 years now.

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