Delhi Police arrest alleged mastermind of 2008 Gujarat blasts

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He studied in Mumbai. According to reports, he is also involved in various terror-related cases being probed by Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra police forces.

"We are yet to verify the Hyderabad links of Qureshi, who is also a SIMI activist".

He was arrested after a brief exchange of gunfire on the outskirts of Delhi, Kushwah said. Qureshi was nabbed by the police from Ghazipur area on Saturday, where he had arrived to meet his associate.

Abdul Subhan Qureshi is one of the most wanted terrorists in India and has been called India's Bin Laden. He is also believed to be the "al-Arbi" who signed the emails issued by the IM after the terror strikes. "He came back to India to revive Indian Mujahideen", the DCP said in a press conference.

Police say he had been hiding in Nepal and recently returned to India to revive the activities of his terrorist group, the Indian Mujahideen.

He completed his schooling from a Christian missionary school in Byculla and got admission in the Bhartiya Vidyapeeth, Navi Mumbai, in 1992. He worked at a Fort company before being drawn to activities of SIMI in Kurla in 1995-96.

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In 1999, Qureshi was part of BPCL's intranet project for six months - he was responsible for installation of servers at the PSU giant's corporate office and refinery in Mumbai.

Kushwaha said Qureshi was one of the key organizers and chief trainers of four terror camps organized by the SIMI ten years ago, after which the organization itself was banned. Twenty-nine of them did not explode and were recovered between July 27 and August 3, 2008.

The IM terrorists also planted IEDs at several places in Surat.

"He took the initiative to mastermind the 2008 Ahmedabad blasts and provided all the logistics". He fled to Nepal after the attacks. Intelligence Bureau sources told Mail Today that Tauqeer was a major fundraiser in Saudi Arabia.

He has reportedly carried out the Delhi blasts, as per the investigators. The Maharashtra ATS will soon send a team to Delhi to seek access to Qureshi, an officer said.

Qureshi has an Interpol Red Corner Notice against him.