'India's Bin Laden', 2008 Gujarat serial blasts mastermind arrested from Delhi


The Special commissioner of police (special cell), MM Oberoi said Qureshi was taken into the prisoner post a tip on his movements in Delhi.

Indian authorities say that Abdul Subhan Qureshi planned bomb blasts that ripped through the western state of Gujarat in 2008, killing 56 people.

"Abdul Subhan Qureshi was living with forged documents in Nepal". He has been at large for almost a decade now. After return, he started to visit India clandestinely to revive SIMI/IM.

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A Red Corner Notice had also been issued against Qureshi by Interpol, besides an arrest warrant by a court in Gujarat for his alleged involvement in Ahmedabad blasts case of 2008. It is believed that he was recruited by SIMI in 1998, and then went on to establish the Indian Mujahideen.

The IM leader has indulged in various criminal offences, use weapons of explosives, transnational crimes and terrorism, he said, adding that police was questioning him to know more about his previous history and further criminal planning in India.

Police said Qureshi is technically sound, an expert in making bombs and looked after the training of youths in several camps in Choral (Madhya Pradesh), Wagamon (Kerala), Halol (Gujarat). He was suspected to be the mastermind of the 2008 Gujarat blasts.

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Qureshi was a software engineer working with a multinational firm before he left his job in 2001 to pursue "jihad" in India. On Qureshi being called "India's Bin Laden" by a section of the media, Kushwaha remarked, "I have read it on Wikipedia, never heard anyone else saying so".

"His name has appeared during the investigation into the Mumbai train blasts, Bengaluru blasts, Delhi and Ahmedabad blasts".

Qureshi, a top commander of the banned terror outfit SIMI, had helped launch the Indian Mujahedeen (IM) with the help of other militants.

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