Delhi Police arrest Indian Mujahideen militant who escaped Batla House encounter

Junaid (1)Ariz Khan, 32-year-old bomb maker of terror group Indian Mujahideen was arrested from Nepal on February 13, informed a senior Police officer.

Ariz Khan aka Junaid was arrested from the India-Nepal border after the special cell got a tip-off, said DCP Pramod Kumar Kushwaha of Delhi Police while speaking to the media.

“He was involved in several terror attacks including the 2008 Delhi serial blasts. Around 165 people died in attacks in which he was involved,” said Kushwaha.

Khan, who carried a bounty of Rs 15 lakh on his head was one of the militants who escaped from Delhi’s Batla House on  September 19, 2008 while two Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed in the encounter.

According to the DCP, after the escape, Khan remained in India for a month before fleeing to Nepal.

“There he lived with Tauqeer aka Abdul Subhan Qureshi, who is his superior. After living in Nepal for a few years, both left for Saudi Arabia,” the police officer informed.

Khan and Tauqeer returned to the subcontinent in 2017 in order to revive the SIMI (Student Islamic Movement of India).