Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Most Wanted Ariz Khan, 2008 Delhi serial blasts conspirator arrested

Most Wanted Ariz Khan, 2008 Delhi serial blasts conspirator arrested

Ariz Khan, an alleged IM operative arrested by the Delhi Police, was married to a Nepali Hindu woman, who later converted to Islam, and had managed to get citizenship of Nepal through fake documents, police said.

The Delhi Police will release further details of today's arrest at a press conference in the afternoon.

Ariz khan alias Junaid had fled India for Nepal following the encounter. He had been on the run since the 2008 Batla House encounter here, police said. His supposed aid in the Batla House encounter case and Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist Shahzad Ahmed was sentenced to life imprisonment. He is also wanted in five different cases involving bomb blasts at various cities. He was associated with Atif Amin who was killed in Batla House encounter.

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 Jamia Nagar in Delhi.

In all, the police said, these explosives had killed 165 people and injured 535.

Khan was radicalised and introduced to terrorism when he was studying in a school in his hometown Azamgarh, said the officer.

Khan was also a co-conspirator in the UP courts blasts matter where "he was enraged after some lawyers thrashed three terrorists of the Jaish-E-Mohammad".

A month later they separated and Khan crossed over to Nepal. Talking to Indian Express, the officer said that it was big catch as Junaid had been absconding for over 10 years now.

"For a cover, he worked as a labourer and also met with many sympathizers there", Mr Kushwah said.

From 2009 till 2014, Khan stayed in Nepal and it was here that he came in touch with Riyaz Bhatkal who asked him to go to Saudi Arabia. Through his established contacts, he procured logistics for his visits to India.

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