Batla House encounter: Delhi Police arrests alleged Indian Mujahideen terrorist

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He had been a wanted terrorist since 2008, when he had absconded after an encounter at the Batla House encounter had left two dead, and the other two fleeing the authorities.

This arrest comes days after India's most wanted terrorist, Abdul Subhan Qureshi an accused in the 2008 Gujarat serial blasts case, was arrested by the Special Cell on January 22. This is the story of Batla House encounter, which has remained mired in controversy since then.

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.

Khan belongs to the Uttar Pradesh, Azamgarh.

During his stay in Nepal, Khan stayed at different places like Palpa, Kapilavastu and Gorkha area, said police, adding that Khan ran a restaurant and being good in mathematics and science, he started teaching in schools in Nepal. "Atif Ameen and Mohammed Saif were gunned down while Mohammad Sajid alias Chotta Sajid was arrested from the room and two others escaped. His arrest is a big leap for us", said Kushwaha.

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Ariz Khan is said to have been involved in serial bomb blasts in Delhi on September 13, 2008. Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma had lost his life during the gunfight.

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.

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.

According to Kushwaha, Khan managed to procure a Nepali Passport and in September 2014 travelled to Saudi Arabia. He later went to Saudi Arabia from where he returned to Nepal in 2017. "As cover, he worked as a labourer and also met several SIMI-IM sympathizers".

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