As well as his alleged involvement in the Mumbai bombings he was wanted in connection with a series of blasts in the western state of Gujarat in 2008, in which 56 people were killed, and bomb attacks in Delhi in 2010 and Bangalore in 2014. Qureshi was nabbed by the police from Ghazipur area on Saturday, where he had arrived to meet his associate. "He came back to India to revive Indian Mujahideen", the DCP said in a press conference.
Qureshi was one of the most wanted terrorists in the country, having disappeared underground over the past several years. Though the meeting was held in Ujjain, a case was registered in Maharashtra as well.
Born on November 13, 1971, Qureshi studied at Antonio De Souza High School in Byculla, south Mumbai, and cleared SSC in 1988 with 76.57 per cent. He had received sound technological knowledge, besides doing Industrial Electronics from Bhartiya Vidhyapeeth, Mumbai and completed a hardware networking course. Gujarat cops had said he was part of the plot. By 1998, Qureshi had started working at a multinational company, and was involved in several important projects.
Qureshi, 46, also known as "Tauqeer", worked as a software engineer before becoming radicalized, according to Indian media.More news: Tesla Model S Rams Stationary Fire Truck - Driver Blames Autopilot
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He joined SIMI in 1996, got married in February 1999 and had become fully-radicalised by 2000.
During his stay in Delhi, he grew very close to Safdar Nagori, the then general secretary of Central Advisory Committee of SIMI. In order to evade arrest, he shifted base to Karnataka where he came in touch with Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal.
Agencies see Qureshi as a former Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) man, who was instrumental in building up IM and organising its logistics. He was focused on making the Indian Mujahideen active again and had apparently arranged funds in Saudi Arabia. Sources said he trained Bhatkal to carry out terrorist activities through IM. Cadres were given provided training in using arms, swimming, rock climbing, psychological warfare and in creating Molotov cocktails. "He also made a video-audio presentation at the camp", said the officer.
Interpol Red Notices were issued against him for his role as main conspirator in the Ahmedabad serial blasts.