Qureshi was allegedly involved in as many as 21 bombs ripped through Ahmedabad claiming the 56 lives
After almost a decade-long manhunt, the Delhi Police Special Cell on Monday claimed to have arrested Indian Mujahideen operative Abdul Subhan Qureshi – India’s most wanted terrorist accused in the serial blasts in Gujarat in 2008.
Reportedly, the software engineer-turned-bomb-maker was arrested from Ghazipur of Delhi after a brief exchange of fire with the Delhi Police.
According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (special cell) P S Kushwaha, Qureshi – who is often referred as ‘India’s Bin Laden’ – returned to the country, after being underground for several years, to revive the operations of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) terror outfit.
“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. Qureshi was living on forged documents in Nepal. He came back to India to Indian Mujahideen,” said Kushwaha.
The police had been on a hunt for Qureshi after as many as 21 bombs – planted in Tiffin carriers and motorcycles in busy markets, bus stations and even hospitals – ripped through Ahmedabad on July 26, 2008, claiming the lives of at least 56 people.
Qureshi’s name popped up as the prime suspect of the 2008 blasts after an email signed ‘al-Arabi’ of Indian Mujahideen, claiming responsibility for the bombings, was sent to TV channels. The 46-year-old terror suspect had managed to slip out of the police hands on several occasions before.
Qureshi is also wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with a blast in Bangalore in 2014, serial blasts in Delhi in 2010 and the local train bombings in Mumbai in 2006.
The dreaded bomb-maker – who is closely associated with the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) – is reportedly an expert in the art of changing appearances, which helped him give the slip to the police in several occasions.
The ‘techie bomber’ studied in Mumbai and had reportedly worked for top Indian IT companies located in Bengaluru and Hyderabad, before joining the terror outfit. Recruited by SIMI in 1998, Qureshi also goes by the names Abdul Subhan Usman Qureshi, Kasim, Zakir, Qab and Touqeer.