In a major catch just ahead of Republic Day, the Special Cell of Delhi Police claimed on Monday to have arrested Abdul Subhan Qureshi of SIMI-Indian Mujahideen after a brief exchange of fire, news agency ANI reported today. Qureshi is alleged to have been involved in the serial blasts that ripped Ahmedabad in 2008. Besides his involvement in the Gujarat blasts, Qureshi is also believed to have played a key role in the training of several SIMI members. Often termed India’s ‘Osama Bin Laden’, Qureshi managed to give law enforcement agencies the slip for close to a decade now. Besides his involvement in terror attacks, Qureshi is also said to have played a key role in SIMI’s growing links with the global jihadist movement.
Here is what is known of Abdul Subhan Qureshi so far:
1. Abdul Subhan Qureshi, said to be a bomb expert, is also wanted by the National Investigation Agency for the Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Delhi blasts, and he is also a suspect in the Mumbai serial train blasts of July 2006.
Special Cell of Police arrested Abdul Subhan Qureshi of SIMI-IM arrested after a brief exchange of fire. He was involved in 2008 serial blasts in Gujarat. #Delhi
— ANI (@ANI) January 22, 2018
2. A terror mastermind working for the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Qureshi, alias Tauqeer, is suspected to be the person who used to sign as ‘Al-Arabi’ in most of the e-mails that originated soon after the terror attacks.
3. Some anti-terror experts name him as India’s Osama bin Laden. The NIA had announced a Rs 4 lakh reward for any information leading to his arrest.
4. Qureshi graduated from the Antonio DeSouza High School in 1988, a church-run institution which caters to children from all major religious communities, securing a more-than-reasonable secondary school certificate average of 76.6 percent.
5. In the autumn of 1992, months before Mumbai was hit by communal pogrom which followed the demolition of the Babri Masjid, Qureshi began studies at the Bharatiya Vidyapeeth in Navi Mumbai.
6. In 1995, he obtained a diploma in industrial electronics and landed a part-time job at String Computers in Mazgaon. Later, in 1996, he went on to earn a specialised software maintenance qualification from the CMS Institute in Marol.
7. He joined Radical Solutions, an independent computer firm operating out of the upmarket Fort area in south Mumbai in November 1996, on a starting salary of Rs. 2,450 per month.
8. Though there is no exact information on when he was recruited by SIMI but is believed to have been a committed worker by 1998. This was shortly before the critical Aurangabad convention where jihadists in its ranks first developed an organisational relationship with the Lashkar-e-Taiba. 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.
9. According to reports, Qureshi became close to a core circle of operatives who were to execute a series of major terrorist attacks, starting with the Gateway of India bombings in 2003.
10. 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.