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How a decade-long search for IM co-founder Abdul Qureshi came to an end

Gujarat serial blasts mastermind Abdul Subhan Qureshi, who had earned the nickname of ‘India’s Osama bin Laden’, has been arrested by the Delhi Police.

delhi Updated: Jan 23, 2018 09:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Abdul Subhan Qureshi,Indian Mujahideen,IM
Alleged co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen, Abdul Subhan Qureshi, has been arrested by the Delhi Police.(PTI Photo)

Alleged terrorist Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer drove into a narrow lane in Ghazipur to escape chasing policemen on Saturday evening but met a dead end. With this, the police’s decade-long search for him also came to an end.

On the operation that led to Qureshi’s arrest and involved an exchange of 14 bullets between him and a Delhi Police special cell team, deputy commissioner of police (special cell) PS Kushwah said they had received a tipoff about a week before the encounter and had been preparing to nab him since then.

“On Saturday, we received a specific tipoff that he would be coming to meet a friend near Paper Market. We formed a team and placed them at different points in the area. Around 8.30pm, a car was seen heading towards the market and was signalled to stop by the policemen standing there,” said Kushwah.

Qureshi, however, did not stop and drove away and entered a lane. A police vehicle chased him into the lane which was closed from the other side.

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“Once he entered the lane, he found that his exit route was blocked. The police team told him to surrender but he came out of the car, took out a pistol and opened fire at the police team, which shot back at him. In all, 14 rounds were exchanged of which nearly four were fired by Qureshi before he ran out of bullets. No one was injured,” said Kushwah.

There were about 25 policemen in the lane after the special cell team reached there. Finally, Qureshi was overpowered.

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“On searching him, we found a few documents in the car and his pockets which were seized,” said Kushwah adding that the documents were being examined. The pistol was also seized and the car impounded. The car was found to be stolen from UP.

Police refused to disclose the name of Qureshi’s friend he was going to meet before he was nabbed.

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 09:34 IST