Accused in 2008 Gujarat blasts arrested

Qureshi had executed the 2008 Gujarat serial blasts that claimed over 50 lives, as he wanted to do "something spectacular" to avenge the arrest of his associates, police said.

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New Delhi, Publish Date: Jan 23 2018 1:01AM | Updated Date: Jan 23 2018 1:01AM
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Abdul Subhan Qureshi, known as 'India's Osama bin Laden' and wanted for being the main conspirator of the 2008 Gujarat serial blasts, has been arrested following a brief exchange of fire, Delhi Police said today.

Qureshi alias Tauqeer, co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) and linked to the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), was arrested from Ghazipur in east Delhi on Saturday evening, ahead of Republic Day.

Qureshi had executed the 2008 Gujarat serial blasts that claimed over 50 lives, as he wanted to do "something spectacular" to avenge the arrest of his associates, police said.

He was working with a top IT firm before he joined SIMI in 2001-2002. The 46-year-old is a techie and had he not joined SIMI, he would have been a high-ranking official in a firm, police said.

He was arrested after the police got a tip-off that he would come to meet an old acquaintance in Ghazipur.

As many as 13-14 rounds were exchanged between the police and Qureshi, said Pramod Singh Kushwah, deputy commissioner of police (Special Cell).

A pistol, live cartridges and a Santro car, stolen in November 2014, were seized from him.

Even though his arrest came days before Republic Day, police said that he was not planning any attacks in Delhi.

He was later handed over to the Delhi Police by a city court for custodial interrogation for two weeks.