Abdul Subhan Qureshi India’s most wanted terrorist and mastermind of the serial blasts in 2008 Gujarat in which 56 people were killed and over 200 people injured has been arrested by the Delhi Police on Monday.
He was the most wanted “Students Islamic Movement of India” (SIMI) terrorist. He was a software engineer-turned-bomb-maker often referred to as India’s Bin Laden. Qureshi alias Tauqeer, an alleged co-founder of terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM), was listed in the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) most-wanted list.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, Pramod Kushwaha said, “Qureshi went to Nepal with fake documents and was living there for many years. He also went to Saudi Arabia between 2013 and 2015 and returned to India to revive the terror network.” He then added, ‘We have found pistols and documents on Qureshi; he was trying to revive the SIMI and the Indian Mujahideen”
Qureshi was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi police after a brief exchange of fire. Gujarat police had first announced Qureshi’s name as a suspect in the blasts while probing an email that had taken the responsibility for the bombings. The email was sent to TV channels using an American WiFi network.
Not just in Ahmedabad bombings, Qureshi was also wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for other terror attacks – Delhi, Bengaluru, and 2006 Mumbai local train bombings. He is reportedly an expert in changing his appearance. He is also believed to be the “al-Arbi” who signed the emails issued by the IM after the terror strikes. As per reports, Qureshi had worked with the top IT companies of Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
There is no exact information on when he was recruited by SIMI but is believed that he has been a committed worker by 1998. Qureshi left his job soon after to become a full-time Rukun or organisational cadre. He was charged, that year, with defacing public property, by pasting SIMI posters. Later, he went on to edit one of SIMI’s house-magazines, Islamic Voice, from New Delhi.
Qureshi is married and has three kids, one son and two daughters named Hanzala, Zainab and Zaweria nicknamed “Juhi”. His friends and family claim to have no knowledge of what led him to make the decision of joining terror organisation.