An accused in the 2008 serial blasts in the national capital was on Monday arrested by the Anti-Terror Squad of the Uttar Pradesh Police from Azamgarh district.
Shahzad alias Pappu, who was an accused in September 13, 2008, serial blasts in Delhi and carried a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head, was arrested by the ATS from Khalispur village this evening, Additional Director General of Police (law and order) Brij Lal told reporters here.
The officer said Pappu is a member of the banned Indian Mujahideen (IM).
He said a letter was received from the Delhi Police stating that Pappu was wanted in five blasts cases.
“For the last few days, the ATS was receiving information that some accused wanted in the Delhi serials blasts and Batla House encounter were hiding in UP,” the ADG said.
During our investigation it was found that Pappu was hiding in Azamgarh district and was frequently shifting his locations, he said. The ATS finally arrested him this afternoon.
The ADG said Pappu was being brought to Lucknow, where he would be interrogated. “The Delhi Police has also been informed and their team is likely to reach Lucknow tonight or Tuesday morning,” he said.