Simi’s ‘Chemical Ali’ held for 2013 blasts
Raipur: In a major breakthrough, Chhattisgarh Police have arrested a Simi operative who was wanted in connection with the 2013 Bodhgaya and Patna blasts at Hyderabad airport soon after he arrived from Saudi Arabia on Friday night.
Azharuddin alias Azhar alias Chemical Ali, 32, is a native of Raipur and had fled the city in December 2013, just after the Chhattisgarh ATS busted a Simi sleeper module and arrested 17 operatives.
Azhar hid in Hyderabad for some time before sneaking out to Saudi Arabia where he worked as a driver. Chhattisgarh cops had zeroed in on him some time ago and were tipped off that he would be arriving in Hyderabad to meet his family, Raipur SSP Arif Sheikh said on Saturday.
“We formed a special team with ATS and took up positions at Hyderabad airport. Azhar was caught. Police have seized his passport, boarding pass, two driving licences and a voter ID card. We expect that his interrogation will reveal crucial links in the terror network and their operations. Azhar will be produced in local court for transit remand,” the SSP said.
Azhar is alleged to have given shelter to terrorists involved in Bodhgaya and Patna blasts. He was also involved in raising funds for the banned terror outfit.