Gujarat ATS accused arrest an 1993 blasts accused from Mumbai Airport

Gujarat ATS accused arrest an 1993 blasts accused from Mumbai Airport

On Monday, the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. The police officers arrested the accused from Mumbai Airport. According to officials, the accused was on radar of Gujarat ATS since last year in connection with a ₹1,500 crore drug smuggling racket.

The accused, Munaf Halari Moosa was arrested from the Mumbai International Airport during the early hours on Monday, upon his arrival from abroad. As per the ATS officials, Moosa was travelling on a Pakistani passport.

Moosa is an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts in which around 260 people were killed and more than 700 were injured.

According to the official, Munaf Halari Moosa had fled the country after the blasts. Reportedly, he was hiding in South Africa. He once again re-emerged after the ATS learned about his alleged involvement in the  landing of drugs worth ₹900 crore on Gujarat coast last year.

Currently, the Gujarat ATS are probing his role in the drugs case.

Earlier, in February 2019, wanted terrorist and 1993 Mumbai Bomb blast accused Abu Bakar was arrested by Indian officials in a major overseas operation in Dubai. Bakar had been on a run from India for a long time. Reportedly, he was also known to have attended a training camp at Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) prior to the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai. 

Alongside, Dr Jalees Ansari, a convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, was also arrested earlier this year, from Kanpur in January 2020. His arrest came a day after he went missing during parole from Mumbai.

The 68-year-old convict was on parole for 21 days from the Ajmer Central Prison, Rajasthan, and was expected to surrender before prison authorities on Friday. However, his family on Thursday morning approached Agripada police station and said that he was missing.

Jalees, who is known as Doctor Bomb, was allegedly connected with terror outfits like SIMI and Indian Mujahidin and taught terror groups how to make bombs.

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