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2008 Gujarat Blast Mastermind Abdul Subhan Qureshi Arrested

Written By Abhishek Nair | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Delhi police on Monday arrested Abdul Subhan Qureshi, a dreaded terrorist affiliated with banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) - Indian Mujahideen (IM)
  • Abdul Subhan Qureshi of SIMI-IM was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police after a brief exchange of fire

Delhi police on Monday arrested Abdul Subhan Qureshi, a dreaded terrorist affiliated with banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) - Indian Mujahideen (IM).

Abdul Subhan Qureshi of SIMI-IM was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police after a brief exchange of fire.

According to police, Qureshi was involved in 2008 serial blasts in Gujarat and was in the national capital to execute a big conspiracy ahead of the Republic Day. He is a software engineer.

The 2008 Gujarat bombings were a series of 21 bomb blasts that hit Ahmedabad, India, on July 26, 2008, within a span of 70 minutes. 56 people were killed and over 200 people were injured.

He is on the National Investigation Agency (NIA)'s Most Wanted list.

At a press briefing held in Delhi on Monday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Pramod Kushwaha, Special Cell, said:

"We have arrested India's most wanted terrorist Abdul Subhan Qureshi who is also the founder of Indian Mujahideen. He was again trying to revive Indian Mujahideen."

"Abdul Subhan Qureshi was living with forged documents in Nepal. He came back to India to revive Indian Mujahideen," said DCP Kushwaha.

Talking about his role in the 2008 Gujarat blast case, Kushwaha said, "It was his conspiracy. He had provided the logistics. It was his entire planning. He wasn’t caught after the blast. He kept running."

According to Kushwaha, Qureshi celebrated the Gujarat bomb blast by buying a colour television set and distributing sweets.

Speaking about his educational background, Kushwaha told reporters, "He has worked in top-notch IT firms. He has a technical background. He is an engineer who has studied in good English medium schools. He has had good jobs with good salaries."

"In 2007-2008, SIMI set up four training camps in Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat and Karnataka. In these camps, planning was done for training and attack against Indian establishment. In these camps, arms training, rock climbing, physical fitness etc., were taught. It was also taught how to mislead interrogators if you get caught. He (Qureshi) was one of the main chief instructors. He was one of the main organisers," said Kushwaha.

Kushwaha said Qureshi met Yasin Bhatkal in Karnataka, where he co-founded Indian Mujahideen with 'radicalised' people.

Qureshi's role in 2006 Mumbai train bombings is being verified, said Kushwaha.

Qureshi has been sent to 14-day police remand.

(With ANI inputs)

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