Wanted Indian Mujahideen terrorist, who escaped during Batla House encounter, arrested

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Ariz Khan aka Junaid was arrested from the India-Nepal border after the special cell got a tip-off, said DCP Pramod Kumar Kushwaha of Delhi Police while speaking to the media. As per reports, the arrested Indian Mujahideen terrorist was the mastermind behind the Batla house encounter that took place on September 13, 2008.

Wanted Indian Mujahideen terrorist Ariz Khan was on Wednesday arrested by the Delhi Police.

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. "In the same year, Khan was also involved in the Jaipur serial blasts which killed 63 people and left over 200 people injured", said Kushwah. It is being reported that Junaid was arrested from the Indian-Nepal border.

Kushwaha said Khan carried a bounty of Rs 15 lakh on his head, adding that the amount may even be higher as many state police departments had also announced a bounty on his head.

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It was learnt that the outfits were sourcing new recruits as many of their top leaders were already arrested by police.

He said that while living as a student in various localities in Azamgarh, Khan came in touch with radicals.

Accordingly, a team under ACP Govind Sharma laid a trap and nabbed Khan near the Sharda Inter College in Banbasa on Tuesday evening. He is an expert in making and executing bombs and was involved in serial bomb blasts in Delhi. During his stay in Nepal, he initially ran a restaurant and later on started teaching in different schools, the officer said.

Qureshi, who co-founded the IM a decade ago, had been out of action for the last 2-3 years, spending his time in Saudi Arabia. "We have managed to nip in the bud efforts to revive these terrorist organisations", he said.

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