NIA's Most-Wanted Terrorist Abdul Subhan Qureshi Accused In 2008 Gujarat Blasts Arrested In Delhi

| January 22 , 2018 , 12:33 IST

One of the most wanted terrorists of India's National Investigation Agency (NIA), Abdul Subhan Qureshi, alias Tauqeer, accused in the 2008 Gujarat blasts, was arrested in Delhi on Monday in a major breakthrough ahead of the Republic Day parade taking place in the capital.

According to reports, a special cell of the Delhi Police nabbed Qureshi, a terrorist of the SIMI-Indian Mujahideen after a brief exchange of gunfight. The 41-year-old terrorist was suspected of planning an attack in Delhi.

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Qureshi, a suspected bomb maker has often been referred to as India's Bin Laden and is believed to have been involved in the 2008 serial blasts in Gujarat, as well as the Bangalore and Delhi bombings. He is allegedly the mastermind of the Gujarat serial blasts that killed 56 people, injuring more than 200.

The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) had also issued a Red Corner Notice against Qureshi and an arrest warrant was also pending against him by a Gujarat court in connection with his role in the Ahmedabad blasts case of 2008.

He is also accused of being a commander of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) terrorist group, which later launched the Indian Mujahideen terrorist group with the help of other terrorists.

A pan-India search for Abdul Subhan Qureshi had been underway for the past few years before he was finally arrested on Monday.