'Top bomb maker': Indian Mujahideen terrorist behind 2008 Gujarat blasts arrested

Co-founder of Indian Mujahideen Abdul Subhan Qureshi arrested

Co-founder of Indian Mujahideen Abdul Subhan Qureshi arrested | Manvender Vashist PTI

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad will be seeking custody of Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Taufeeq, arrested in Delhi on Monday morning, in connection with two cases pending against him with the state anti-terrorist agency. "He is a software engineer and got education from English medium school", Kushwaha said.

Qureshi, one of the "most wanted" fugitives of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), carried a reward of Rs four lakh on his head. The police believe Qureshi, who is a trained bomb-maker, is also the founder of Indian Mujahideen. His name was first declared as a suspect by the Gujarat police in links with an email signed "al-Arabi" of terror group Indian Mujahideen, claiming accountability for the bombings, which was sent to TV channels. Another series of attacks in Jaipur in 2008 killed over 60 people. He also went to Saudi Arabia between 2013 and 2015 and returned to India to revive the terror network, said police.

He is also a suspect in the July 11, 2006, Mumbai train blasts.

The terrorist mastermind had conducted training camps for jihadists in southern parts of India and had been pursued by authorities for attempting to expand his foothold in the country ever since 2008.

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Abdul Subhan Qureshi had been India's most wanted man for a decade, and was sometimes referred to as "India's Bin Laden".

Qureshi, born in 1972, had worked with some well know IT companies located in Bengaluru and Hyderabad and was said to be a bomb expert.

Abdul is known to be associated with the banned organization in India - the Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI)-Indian Mujahidden (IM). "He was again trying to revive Indian Mujahideen", said DCP Pramod Kushwaha. Qureshi, who was by now second in command of SIMI, became co-founder of Indian Mujahideen (IM) along with the Bhatkal brothers.

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