NEW DELHI: Ten years after the 2008 Gujarat serial blasts, the Delhi Police Special Cell on Monday arrested Abdul Subhan Qureshi, the most wanted terrorist accused in the case.
Often referred to as ‘India’s Bin Laden’, Qureshi, a software engineer-turned-bomb-maker, was arrested after a brief exchange of fire at Ghazipur in Delhi. The police termed the arrest a breakthrough just before the Republic Day celebrations on Friday.
“We found pistols and documents on Qureshi. He was trying to revive the SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India) and the Indian Mujahideen,” said deputy commissioner of police, Special Cell, Pramod Kushwaha.
Qureshi went to Nepal with fake documents and lived there for many years. He also went to Saudi Arabia between 2013 and 2015 and returned to India to revive the terror network, the police said.
Qureshi has been accused of plotting the blasts in Ahmedabad and Surat on July 26, 2008, that killed 56 people and injured over 200.
“His name was first announced as a suspect in connection with an email sent to TV channels using a US national’s WiFi network,” a police officer said, adding that he had been on the NIA’s most-wanted list for allegedly planning the 2014 Bengaluru blast, the serial blasts in Delhi in 2010 and the 2006 local train bombings in Mumbai.