Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Most Wanted Ariz Khan, 2008 Delhi serial blasts conspirator arrested

Most Wanted Ariz Khan, 2008 Delhi serial blasts conspirator arrested

Two others- Shehzad Ahmad and Ariz Khan alias Junaid - managed to escape the building.

According to the police, Special Cell was working on the leads gathered from the interrogation of the earlier arrested terrorists with links to the Indian Mujahideen (IM) and other terrorist outfits, as well as the inputs provided by several secret sources deployed across the country.

Khan was born in Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh and studied there at different schools.

Calling the arrest a "big success", Pramod Singh Kushwaha, DCP, Special Cell Delhi Police confirmed, "Khan was involved in many bombing incidents including 2008 Delhi serial blasts, 165 people died in incidents he was involved in". He was also allegedly involved in five bomb blast cases including the ones in Jaipur, Ahmedabad, and Delhi. He was wanted by NIA, Delhi, Gujrat, Rajasthan and UP police.

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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.

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. After the Batla House encounter, Khan kept shifting places for a month and headed to Nepal where he got hold of a Nepali citizenship card and passport in the name of Salim. "Almost 165 people died in incidents he was involved in", Kushwaha added.

He remained in Nepal till 2014 and during this period he came in touch with Riyaz Bhatkal who motivated him to come to Dammam, Saudi Arabia for arranging money to revive the IM in India, he said. In three years, from 2014 till 2017, he met many IM sympathisers and in 2017, he started coming to India, police said.

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