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Missing Mumbai blasts convict held in Kanpur

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Missing Mumbai blasts convict held in Kanpur

Saturday, 18 January 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

In a major breakthrough, the Anti-Terrorists Squad (ATS) of Uttar Pradesh Police nabbed dreaded Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist and Mumbai serial blasts convict Dr Jalish Ansari who jumped his parole from Mumbai and was trying to flee to Nepal through Uttar Pradesh border.

Director General of Police OP Singh disclosed that the missing terrorist, who is serving life term in Ajmer jail in Rajasthan, was arrested from Faithfulganj area of Kanpur City on Friday afternoon.

He said that the terrorist, who was involved in the Mumbai serial blasts of 1993 along with other terror attacks, was going to his native Amardova village in Sant Kabir Nagar district of UP and then would have escaped to Nepal.

“The police recovered Rs 47,780 in cash, his Aadhaar card, a mobile phone and a pocket diary from the possession of the terrorist,” the DGP said.

Dr Ansari was released on parole for 21 days on December 28, 2019 and had to return to jail on January 17. But on Thursday, Ansari did not go to Agtipara police station in Mumbai to register his attendance between 1000 hours to 1200 hours and his relatives said that they did not know about his whereabouts.

Thereafter, a red alert was sounded and the Mumbai police contacted their UP counterpart at 10 pm on Thursday as it was believed that he could be in the state and go to his native place. The dreaded terrorist was involved in more than 50 terror incidents in the country, including the Rajdhani Express, Pune and Mumbai serial blasts and other attacks.

Dr Ansari had obtained MBBS degree from Mumbai in 1882 and later came in touch with Abdul Karim Tunda to manufacture explosives. He is said to be an expert in TNT and time bomb.

Dr Ansari was being brought to Lucknow from Kanpur and would be sent to Mumbai by air to lodge him back in jail.

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