Delhi Police arrest Indian Mujahideen militant who escaped Batla House encounter

Indian Mujahideen Man Became A Teacher In Nepal And Got Married After Escaping Batla House: Cops

Indian Mujahideen Man Became A Teacher In Nepal And Got Married After Escaping Batla House: Cops

An alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist, who was linked to serial blasts in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Delhi and had escaped during the Batla House encounter, was arrested from the Indo-Nepal Border, police said. As per reports, the arrested Indian Mujahideen terrorist was the mastermind behind the Batla house encounter that took place on September 13, 2008. During the Batla House shootout, Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was killed and awarded the Ashok Chakra in 2009.

"He is an expert bomb maker, conspirator and executioner".

Khan (32) had escaped from India to Nepal after the 2008 Batla House encounter and had settled in the Himalayan country. "This is a big success", declared Pramod Singh Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Special Cell, who oversaw the operation that led to Khan's arrest.

"He was also involved in blasts in Uttar Pradesh (2007), Jaipur (2008), Ahmedabad and Surat (2008)".

He was linked with deadly terror strikes in which about 165 people were killed and over 535 were injured.

Ariz khan alias Junaid had fled India for Nepal following the encounter. Five bomb blasts within a span of 30 minutes rocked had rocked the national capital killing 30 and injuring over 100.

Delhi Police announced Rs 5 lakh as a reward for the information leading to Khan's arrest.

Khan was arrested from Banbasa in Uttarakhand, where he had come to meet his accomplices. He later managed to get citizenship and a passport of the country in the name of Salim Khan, through fake papers.

Some of Khan's accomplices had links with the Islamic State - the radical Islamist group, the police 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. He had planned to teach them a lesson and planted IEDs across the Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad courts which killed 15 dead, police said. As a cover, he worked as a labourer.

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