Indian Mujahideen terrorist, teacher in Nepal, Ariz Khan arrested in Delhi

Feb 15, 2018, 01:41
Indian Mujahideen terrorist, teacher in Nepal, Ariz Khan arrested in Delhi

"Khan was involved in many bombing incidents including 2008 Delhi serial blasts, 165 people died in incidents he was involved in", Pramod Singh Kushwaha, DCP, Special Cell Delhi Police was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

Indian police on Wednesday said they had arrested one of its most-wanted terrorists who carried a reward of 20,000 dollars on his head.

Khan was present at Batla House, along with four others, and had managed to give police the slip during the encounter on September 19, 2008 in Jamia Nagar in Delhi.

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

Reports suggest that during the Batla House encounter, two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists - Mohammed Sajid and Atif Amin - were killed by the security forces.

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Some of Khan's accomplices had links with the Islamic State - the radical Islamist group, the police said. The accused has been identified as a native of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. His accomplice, Tauqueer, was arrested earlier by the Delhi Police in January this year. The 13 September, 2008, serial blasts in Delhi killed 30 people and injured several others.

Khan was arrested from near the India-Nepal border when he came to meet an old contact.

A team of Special Cell including inspectors Chandrika Prasad, Amul Tyagi, Ravinder Joshi and Satish Rana, moved to the area near Banbasa Indo-Nepal border and laid a trap. Initially, he tried his hand at running a restaurant but later started teaching in different schools in Nepal.

Kushwah said, "After fleeing from the Batla House encounter, he called his wife in Azamgarh and said, "Chota locha hua hai".

From 2009 till 2014, Khan stayed in Nepal and it was here that he came in touch with Riyaz Bhatkal who asked him to go to Saudi Arabia. As a cover, he worked as a labourer.