Indian Mujahideen member Ariz Khan alias Junaid was arrested by the Delhi Police today. He had been a wanted terrorist since 2008, when he had absconded after an encounter at the Batla House encounter had left two dead, and the other two fleeing the authorities. Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma had lost his life during the gunfight. It is being reported that Junaid was arrested from the Indian-Nepal border. Pramod Singh Kushwaha, DCP, Special Cell Delhi Police, at a press conference told the media that, ““The Delhi Police Special Team has arrested Ariz Khan alias Junaid, who had been involved in incidents of bombing and terrorist attacks, which also included the 2008 Delhi serial blasts.”
Kushwala said that Junaid is an expert in manufacturing bombs, conspirator of plans and also an executioner. He has been responsible for the death of 165 people in the terrorist acts committed by him and his group.
Another member of the Indian Mujahideen, Shahzad Ahmed, was caught in 2013 and sentenced to life in prison for his actions at the Batla House encounter. His appeal to reduce the life sentence is still pending with the court. This is another victory for the Delhi Police, as Kushwala said that Ariz was related to Atif Asim, who had been shot dead by the police during the encounter and had been responsible for various terrorist acts. He had run away from the Batla House scene and had since then evaded the police authorities.