Ariz Khan alias Junaid, who carries a reward of Rs 15 lakh, is suspected to have been involved in serial blasts in Delhi, Jaipur and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and was closely associated with Bhatkal brothers - Yasin and Iqbal - who co-founded the Indian Mujahideen.
Delhi police also said that he is an expert bomb maker, conspirator and executioner.
Khan was present at Batla House, along with four others, and had managed to give police the slip during the encounter on September 19, 2008 in Jamia Nagar in Delhi.
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Kushwaha said that after Khan escaped from Batla House, he remained in India for a month before fleeing to Nepal. He is responsible for deadly terror strikes in which about 165 persons were killed and over 535 were injured.
Apart from his involvement in the serial bombings, Mr Kushwah told NDTV that equally important was that Khan, along with another engineer, Abdul Subhan Qureshi also known as Tauqeer, were trying to revive the Indian Mujahideen. The Batla House Encounter code named Operation Batla House took place in the backdrop of five blasts carried out by the IM.
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Kushwaha said that Khan and Tauqeer returned to the subcontinent in 2017 in order to revive the SIMI (Student Islamic Movement of India).
It was learnt that the outfits were sourcing new recruits as many of their top leaders were already arrested by police.
A few days ago, a specific information was received that Khan will be coming to UP from Banbasa, Indo-Nepal border, to meet an associate, the officer said. A team immediately moved to the area and laid a trap. They parted ways after which Khan came in contact with his uncle, living in Nepal, who helped him procure a fake Nepal citizenship card and passport. Initially, he tried his hand at running a restaurant but later started teaching in different schools in Nepal, according to some reports in the media. As a cover, he worked as a labourer.
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