Police should explain how Ariz escaped from Batla House: Salman Khurshid

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Khan was present at Batla House, along with four others, and had managed to give police the slip during the encounter on September 19, 2008 in Delhi's Jamia Nagar, in which two Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed and as many arrested.

According to reports, he has been involved in five blast cases carried out by the terrorist organisation, including those in Delhi, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.

Delhi Police announced Rs 5 lakh as a reward for the information leading to Khan's arrest. The arrest is considered a major achievement for the police force, and will further help in eliminating the terror module. A Red Corner notice was also issued by the Interpol against him.

In November 2007, three Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists were thrashed at the Lucknow sessions courts. Five bomb blasts within a span of 30 minutes rocked had rocked the national capital killing 30 and injuring over 100.

Khan played a "pivotal role" in Delhi serial blasts of September, 2008.

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Also, Khan along with Bada Sajid bought materials for the explosion from various markets of Delhi. Ariz Khan alias Junaid is believed to be one of those who had escaped during the 2008 Batla House encounter.

A month later they separated and Khan crossed over to Nepal. Talking to Indian Express, the officer said that it was big catch as Junaid had been absconding for over 10 years now. "As cover, he worked as a labourer and also met several SIMI-IM sympathizers".

Qureshi, who co-founded the IM a decade ago, had been out of action for the last 2-3 years, spending his time in Saudi Arabia.

"Junaid was coming to meet a contact at the Banwasa Border".

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