Agencies, New Delhi
Delhi Police has arrested ideologue of Students Islamic Movement of India Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer, one of the most wanted fugitives on the National Investigation Agency list and the mastermind behind the 2008 Gujarat serial blasts, from the capital, police said on Monday.
Subhan was held after a brief exchange of fire from the Ghazipur area on Saturday evening by a Special Cell team, after a tip-off.He has been sent for 14 days police remand by the district court, DCP (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah told reporters here.
As the dreaded terrorist was arrested few days before the Republic Day celebrations in the capital, there were questions whether he was planning something for the big day, but police has ruled out any such possibilities, saying that he was in Delhi to meet some of his associates with an intention of reviving Indian Mujahedeen, the banned terror outfit, whose networks were hard hit as most of their leaders were either held by the police, or absconding.
The alleged bomb maker and one of the founding members of IM was wanted by the NIA in the Kerala Wagmon case with a reward of Rs four lakh on his head.
A suspect in the Mumbai 2011 blasts, he was said to be a crucial facilitator for explosives.
According to police, Subhan was living in Biratnagar area of Nepal with fake documents and had strong connections in the states of UP, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat.
He worked as an English teacher during his stay in Nepal and even travelled to Saudi Arabia on a Nepalese passport between 2015 -17 for the similar purpose of revival of IM, police said.
Abdul Subhan was wanted by other state police departments and agencies like NIA for his involvement in supporting terrorist activities, as his name emerged as a recruiter, post the arrests of Haider Ali in Patna Blasts 2013, Ahmedabad serial blasts on July 26, 2008; Jaipur blasts in 2008 and terror cases in Varanasi 2006.
He was also involved in supporting and setting up of terrorist camps and designing their curriculum.He got in touch with SIMI in early 20s by attending their meetings.With a good command over English and technical qualifications, Abdul was well-versed with international issues and had earlier worked with IT firms at good salaries, police said.