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Indian Mujahideen suspect who fled after Batla House encounter arrested

Batla House encounter: DCP (Special cell) PS Kushwaha, while confirming Junaid's arrest, told The Indian Express that it was a big catch as he was absconding since 2008. Juniad was nabbed from the Indo-Nepal border.

Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi | Updated: February 15, 2018 11:30 am
Batla House encounter: Delhi Police Special cell Wednesday claimed to have arrested one of the most wanted terrorists of Indian Mujahideen. (Source: Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

The Delhi police Wednesday announced the arrest of Ariz Khan, a suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) member who fled the country after the 2008 Batla House encounter. While two IM suspects were gunned down in the encounter, Khan and another IM suspect Shezad had escaped.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special cell) PS Kushwaha confirmed the arrest and said Khan, also known as Junaid, was absconding since 2008 and was named in several serial blasts including Delhi in 2008 when 30 people were killed and at least 100 injured.

Read | After 2008 Batla House encounter, Ariz fled to Nepal, taught at schools

“He was also involved in blasts in Uttar Pradesh (2007), Jaipur (2008), Ahmedabad and Surat (2008). In all, 135 people were killed and over 400 injured,” Kushwaha told The Indian Express. “He was planning to revive terrorism in the country with the help of his associates.”

According to Kushwaha, Khan’s arrest was based on information from Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Touqeer – the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts – who was arrested by the Special Cell on January 22. “Khan and Qureshi were staying in Nepal together and were teaching in a school after faking their identity,” he said. Police said Khan was arrested from Uttarakhand’s Banbasa where he had gone to meet an associate.

Read | Also accused in UP serial blasts, Ariz to be interrogated by anti-terror squad

On September 19, 2008, Khan, a native of Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh and an engineering dropout, were allegedly hiding in house number L-18 in Batla House, Jamia Nagar in Delhi when the Special Cell raided the premises. “Atif Ameen and Mohammed Saif were gunned down while Mohammad Sajid alias Chotta Sajid was arrested from the room and two others escaped. Shezad was arrested later but Khan was on the run,” said Kushwaha.

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. During the Batla House shootout, Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was killed and awarded the Ashok Chakra in 2009.

While Delhi Police had announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for information about Khan, the National Investigating Agency (NIA) had announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh.

According to police, Khan was a member of the IM’s Azamgarh module and was a suspected bomb maker. Police sources said Khan had bought wires and other materials needed to construct the explosive device from Delhi’s Lajpat Rai Market and had sourced explosives from Udupi in Karnataka.

Sources said Khan, after the shootout, spent several days travelling in trains and buses across Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and eventually managed to reach Nepal. “There he met Qureshi, who was also on run from agencies,” said a senior police officer.

Police said Khan managed to procure local identity cards and stayed in Nepal till 2014. “Then he made contact with Riyaz Bhatkal – an alleged terrorist – who motivated him to come to Dammam, Saudi Arabia to arranging financing to revive IM in India,” said Kushwaha.

According to Kushwaha, Khan managed to procure a Nepali Passport and in September 2014 travelled to Saudi Arabia. “As cover, he worked as a labourer and also met several SIMI-IM sympathizers. 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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  1. rakesh katyal
    Feb 14, 2018 at 10:25 pm
    Just because Digvijay is on Parikrama, doesn’t mean you can carry out these fake encounters.
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      truth
      Feb 14, 2018 at 10:13 pm
      As is obvious, most terrorists in India are Hindus, the ones whom we have conveniently labelled "Maoist" instead of "Hindu". The second largest group of terrorists are the tribals, Hindus, animists and perhaps some Christians of the North East. Muslims are third. If one looks outside the separatism of Kashmir, their violence and terrorism levels are among the lowest in the world and they appear to be less susceptible to terrorism not just by the standards of the world’s Muslims but also India’s Hindus
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        Smart
        Feb 14, 2018 at 11:44 pm
        Are you not feeling well after your recent conversion?
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          Superior Arab Sunni Muslim
          Feb 15, 2018 at 12:18 am
          You muslims claim fought for independence Right? But was it from British and Hindustan? You muslims were about 20 percent in 1946 and voted unanimously to separate from India right? You said you muslims cannot live with Hindus right? You got your land 33 percent for 20 percent muslims and 75 crores (750 Billion dollars today) in 1947 right? You proudly called your land PURE-Land PAK-istan right? You made your PAKIstna and Bangladesh Islamic NOT SECULAR right? You made them Islamic because you are majority muslims right? You wiped out genocide mass murdered Hindus from Pakistan and Bangladesh telling them that it is you muslims country right and as per Satanic KOran you have a dktat to wipe out infidels? Right? Then what the f..uq.q you are doing illegally in India? You got what you wanted. You fulfilled your Koranic diktat . Let Indians worry about their own country and you should be worrying aboutu your own Islamic Pakistan and Bangladesh right?
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            Dragon
            Feb 15, 2018 at 5:19 am
            Don’t defend Islamic terrorism by baseless allegations. Maoists are communists and they claim they are atheists like the Chinese. They would have been Hindus at some point like the converted crooks. They were peaceful then. Violent people either need to convert from Hinduism or proclaim to be Maoists to live the life they desire. So Maoists aren’t Hindu . Have u wondered why people of ur country, Pakistan and Chinese get along?
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            truth
            Feb 14, 2018 at 10:12 pm
            In 2013, the figure was most for Maoists (421), the second most for the North East (252), and the Kashmir plus Islamist violence outside the state again came third (206). In 2012, we had a similar situation: Maoists (367), followed by the North East (326), followed by Kashmir (117). The total number of victims of Islamist terrorism outside these three areas, across India, was 1. In 2011, Maoist violence claimed 602 lives, the North East 246, and Kashmir plus Islamist violence outside the state toll stood at 225. This year, again the sequence is the same, though violence levels across India have dropped, as they have been doing for the past decade.
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              Superior Arab Sunni Muslim
              Feb 15, 2018 at 12:19 am
              You muslims claim fought for independence Right? But was it from British and Hindustan? You muslims were about 20 percent in 1946 and voted unanimously to separate from India right? You said you muslims cannot live with Hindus right? You got your land 33 percent for 20 percent muslims and 75 crores (750 Billion dollars today) in 1947 right? You proudly called your land PURE-Land PAK-istan right? You made your PAKIstna and Bangladesh Islamic NOT SECULAR right? You made them Islamic because you are majority muslims right? You wiped out genocide mass murdered Hindus from Pakistan and Bangladesh telling them that it is you muslims country right and as per Satanic KOran you have a dktat to wipe out infidels? Right? Then what the f..uq.q you are doing illegally in India? You got what you wanted. You fulfilled your Koranic diktat . Let Indians worry about their own country and you should be worrying aboutu your own Islamic Pakistan and Bangladesh right?
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                Dragon
                Feb 15, 2018 at 5:22 am
                Did Moni Shankar Aiyar give you these statistics when he came to your country to meet his master, Hafiz Saeed?
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                truth
                Feb 14, 2018 at 10:12 pm
                Numbers disprove belief In 2014, there were 976 deaths from terrorism (or extremism, whatever name one wants to use for it) in India. Of these, the most (465) came in the North East. The second most (314) came from Left-wing extremism, by a group of people called Maoists. Deaths in Jammu Kashmir, assuming we want to attribute the whole lot to terrorism, stood at 193. Outside of these conflict theatres, Islamist extremism claimed four lives.
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                  Superior Arab Sunni Muslim
                  Feb 15, 2018 at 12:20 am
                  You muslims claim fought for independence Right? But was it from British and Hindustan? You muslims were about 20 percent in 1946 and voted unanimously to separate from India right? You said you muslims cannot live with Hindus right? You got your land 33 percent for 20 percent muslims and 75 crores (750 Billion dollars today) in 1947 right? You proudly called your land PURE-Land PAK-istan right? You made your PAKIstna and Bangladesh Islamic NOT SECULAR right? You made them Islamic because you are majority muslims right? You wiped out genocide mass murdered Hindus from Pakistan and Bangladesh telling them that it is you muslims country right and as per Satanic KOran you have a dktat to wipe out infidels? Right? Then what the f..uq.q you are doing illegally in India? You got what you wanted. You fulfilled your Koranic diktat . Let Indians, Americans, French, etc. worry about their own country and you should be worrying about your own Islamic Pakistan and Islamic Bangladesh right?
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                  truth
                  Feb 14, 2018 at 10:09 pm
                  Non-Muslims make up the majority of terrorists in Europe: There have been over one thousand terrorist attacks in Europe in the past five years. Take a guess at what percent of those terrorists were Muslim. Wrong, now guess again. It’s less than 2 .
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                    Superior Arab Sunni Muslim
                    Feb 15, 2018 at 12:20 am
                    You muslims claim fought for independence Right? But was it from British and Hindustan? You muslims were about 20 percent in 1946 and voted unanimously to separate from India right? You said you muslims cannot live with Hindus right? You got your land 33 percent for 20 percent muslims and 75 crores (750 Billion dollars today) in 1947 right? You proudly called your land PURE-Land PAK-istan right? You made your PAKIstna and Bangladesh Islamic NOT SECULAR right? You made them Islamic because you are majority muslims right? You wiped out genocide mass murdered Hindus from Pakistan and Bangladesh telling them that it is you muslims country right and as per Satanic KOran you have a dktat to wipe out infidels? Right? Then what the f..uq.q you are doing illegally in India? You got what you wanted. You fulfilled your Koranic diktat . Let Indians, Americans, French, etc. worry about their own country and you should be worrying about your own Islamic Pakistan and Islamic Bangladesh right?
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