SUS­PECTED IM OP­ER­A­TIVE HELD FOR ROLE IN MUL­TI­PLE BLASTS

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Agen­cies let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Delhi Po­lice have ar­rested a sus­pected In­dian Mu­jahideen ter­ror­ist who had been on the run since the 2008 Batla House en­counter, a se­nior of­fi­cer said on Wed­nes­day.

Ariz Khan was ar­rested by the Delhi Po­lice’s Spe­cial Cell.

“The Delhi Po­lice Spe­cial Team ar­rested Ariz Khan alias Ju­naid, who was in­volved in many bomb­ing in­ci­dents in­clud­ing the 2008 Delhi se­rial blasts,” said Pramod Singh Kush­waha, DCP, Spe­cial Cell Delhi Po­lice, at a press con­fer­ence.

“He is an ex­pert bomb maker, con­spir­a­tor and ex­e­cu­tioner...At least 165 peo­ple died in the in­ci­dents he was in­volved in,” he added.

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 Delhi’s Jamia Na­gar, in which two In­dian Mu­jahideen ter­ror­ists were killed and as many ar­rested.

“He was as­so­ci­ated with Atif Amin, who was killed in the Batala House en­counter. Ariz Khan was also wanted in the 2007 UP blasts, 2008 Jaipur se­rial blasts and 2008 Ahmed­abad blasts. He had es­caped from Batala House dur­ing the en­counter,” Kush­waha said.

En­counter spe­cial­ist in­spec­tor Mo­han Chand Sharma, who led the po­lice ac­tion, was killed dur­ing the Batla House op­er­a­tion.

A trial court in July 2013 had sen­tenced In­dian Mu­jahideen (IM) ter­ror­ist Shahzad Ahmed to life im­pris­on­ment in con­nec­tion with the Batla House en­counter case. His appeal against the trial court’s ver­dict has been pend­ing in the high court.

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ARVIND YA­DAV/HT PHOTO

Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal, deputy CM Man­ish Siso­dia and other se­nior lead­ers of the Aam Aadmi Party dur­ing a func­tion to mark three years in of­fice on Wed­nes­day.

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