Simi’s ‘Chem­i­cal Ali’ held for 2013 blasts

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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.

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