2008 Gujarat blast: Mastermind Abdul Subhan Qureshi nabbed by Delhi Police
Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer, one of the suspects in the 2008 Gujarat blasts,was on Monday arrested by the Delhi Police after an exchange of fire.
He was also listed in the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) most-wanted list. Arrested after a decade-long hunt, Qureshi is one of the most wanted terrorists in the country and is referred to as India’s Bin Laden.
PS Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), said they arrested one of the most wanted terrorists of Students Islamic Movement of India(SIMI) – Indian Mujahideen (IM) Abdul Subhan Qureshi after a brief exchange of fire.
“He is the mastermind of the 2008 serial blasts in Gujarat,” Kushwah said.
Addressing a press conference, Kushwah said Qureshi was living with forged documents in Nepal. “He came back to India to revive Indian Mujahideen.”
2008 Gujarat blast: Abdul Subhan Qureshi nabbed by Delhi Police
Qureshi is also suspected to be involved in the July 2006 Mumbai train bombings, and is also believed to be the “al-Arbi” who signed the emails issued by the IM after the terror strikes.
In 2008, 21 bomb blasts hit Ahmedabad and Surat on 26 July within a span of 70 minutes. Fifty-six people were killed and over 200 people were injured.
The chargesheet, filed in 2010, named 95 people as accused. They belonged to 11 different states and were arrested at different times.