Delhi Police arrest Indian Mujahideen militant who escaped Batla House encounter

Frederick Owens
February 15, 2018

Indian Mujahideen militant arrested.

Khan was there at the Batla House building along with four others alleged supporters and had managed to run off during the encounter in 2008, said a special cell officer. The Batla House encounter took place six days after the serial blasts in Delhi's Pahargang, Barakhamaba Raod, Cannuaght Place, Grater Kailash and Govindpuri in which 30 people died while 100 injured.

During the encounter, cops shot down two Indian Mujahideen terrorists but also lost one of its men, Insp.

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"He was involved in many bombing incidents", Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwaha said, according to ANI. Junaid is also believed to be involved in several other incidents including the 2008 blasts in Jaipur (May 13), Ahmedabad (July 26) and Delhi (September 13).

Accordingly, a team under ACP Govind Sharma laid a trap and nabbed Khan near the Sharda Inter College in Banbasa on Tuesday evening. While majority helped them with financial aid, they refused to provide them shelter. "She had no clue of his background and never even visited Azamgarh, his home town in Uttar Pradesh", said a police officer. During the past few months, inputs were received through different sources that absconded terrorists of IM/SIMI have set up their base in Nepal and are frequently visiting India to indoctrinate unemployed youth among their community to fill the void left after the arrest of top leaders of Indian Mujahideen/SIMI.

Bhatkal motivated Khan to arrange money to revive the IM. "For a cover, he worked as a labourer and also met with many sympathizers there", Kushwah said. He had planned to teach them a lesson and planted IEDs across the Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad courts which killed 15 dead, police said.

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