The Delhi Police has arrested a suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorist who had been on the run since the 2008 Batla House encounter, a senior officer said.
Khan played a "pivotal role" in Delhi serial blasts of September, 2008.
During the encounter, cops shot down two Indian Mujahideen terrorists but also lost one of its men, Insp.
Based on Tauqeer's interrogation, along with a tip-off provided by the intelligence agencies, police found out that Khan is hiding in Nepal and that he would be coming to Uttar Pradesh near the Banbasa border to meet an associate. "This is a big success", declared Pramod Singh Kushwah, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Special Cell, who oversaw the operation that led to Khan's arrest.
Junaid was one of the suspects present in the Batla House flat where, in a shootout, Delhi Police inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was killed as the raiding team gunned down the alleged terror ring leader, Atif Ameen.
Another member of the Indian Mujahideen, Shahzad Ahmed, was caught in 2013 and sentenced to life in prison for his actions at the Batla House encounter.
The Delhi Police will release further details of today's arrest at a press conference in the afternoon. This is the story of Batla House encounter, which has remained mired in controversy since then.
A native of Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh, Khan carried a bounty of '15 lakh on his head by the police.
A month later they separated and Khan crossed over to Nepal. "After living in Nepal for a few years, both left for Saudi Arabia", the police officer informed.
Bhatkal motivated Khan to arrange money to revive the IM. In three years, from 2014 till 2017, he met many IM sympathisers and in 2017, he started coming to India, police said.