Delhi Police arrest Indian Mujahideen militant who escaped Batla House encounter

Lydia Fleming
February 15, 2018

Khan, who carried a bounty of Rs 15 lakh on his head was one of the militants who escaped from Delhi's Batla House on September 19, 2008 while two Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed in the encounter. Pramod Singh Kushwaha, DCP, Special Cell Delhi Police addressed the press meet as informing.

Delhi police also said that he is an expert bomb maker, conspirator and executioner.

The recent arrest of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Abdul Subhan Qureshi is proving to be valuable to the Delhi Police after it was able to make a second arrest today in the form of Ariz Khan aka Junaid.

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Ariz Khan, who has now been arrested, was the only one who escaped on that day.

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

He was also wanted by police in Delhi, Gujarat, UP, Rajasthan for serial blasts in 2007-2008. "He was ideologically much more radicalised than other members of the IM", police said. The accused has been identified as a native of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. He later managed to get citizenship and a passport of the country in the name of Salim Khan, through fake papers.

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Later, he came in touch with a Nepali resident Nizam and with his help crossed the Indo-Nepal border from Bihar into the Himalayan country, he said. "Shezad was arrested later but Khan was on the run", said Kushwaha.

Initially, he and his elder brother Shariq Khan stayed with their uncle Dr Fakhre Alam and started studying at the Shibly National Nursery School from where he shifted to another school, the officer said.

In September 2014, he went to Saudi Arabia where he met many IM and SIMI sympathisers. "In March, 2017, he came back to Nepal from Saudi Arabia and clandestinely visited India to revive the IM", he said.

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