9 yrs on, suspected IM terrorist who fled from Batla House encounter arrested

Feb 15, 2018, 09:00 IST | Agencies

Ariz Khan had managed to give the police the slip during the operation in which two IM terrorists were killed

Ariz Khan alias Junaid, is linked to deadly terror strikes in which about 165 people were killed and over 535 were injured. A Red Corner notice was also issued by the Interpol against him. Pic/PTI
Ariz Khan alias Junaid, is linked to deadly terror strikes in which about 165 people were killed and over 535 were injured. A Red Corner notice was also issued by the Interpol against him. Pic/PTI

The Delhi Police has arrested a suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist who had been on the run since the 2008 Batla House encounter, a senior officer said yesterday. Ariz Khan was arrested by the Delhi Police's Special Cell. Khan, alias Junaid, was present at Batla House, along with four others, and had managed to give police the slip during the encounter on September 19, 2008 in Delhi's Jamia Nagar, in which two IM terrorists were killed and as many arrested. Encounter specialist Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, who led the police action, was also killed during the operation.

"He (Khan) is an expert bomb maker, conspirator and executioner. He was associated with Atif Amin who was killed in Batla House encounter. He was also wanted in 2007 UP blasts, 2008 Jaipur serial blasts, 2008 Ahmedabad blasts and had escaped from Batla House encounter," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Special Cell, Pramod Singh Kushwah. "Khan was involved in reviving IM and SIMI in the country after the arrest of its big leaders. He was absconding since a decade and a reward of Rs 15 lakh was announced for his arrest," Kushwah said.

Cases Khan is involved in
2007 - UP blasts
2008 - Batla House
2008 - Jaipur serial blasts
2008 - Ahmedabad blasts

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