A suspected Indian Mujahiddeen (IM) operative wanted by Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat Police forces for various acts of terror — among these the July 2011 triple blasts of Mumbai — was arrested from the Mumbai airport on Tuesday, a senior police officer said.
#FLASH Terrorist "Wanted" in 13 July 2011 blast in Mumbai, Zain ul Abedin arrested by Maharashtra ATS.
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"We had received information that Abedin would be coming to India to visit his native Bhatkal, and that he would be going there via Mumbai. Accordingly, we laid a trap and arrested him," an ATS officer told The Hindu.
A red corner (RC) notice was issued against the accused, based on which the ATS sleuths of Kalachowki unit arrested him, police said, according to PTI.
According to police, Abedin was allegedly responsible for supplying explosives for operations of the banned outfit, blamed in the past for a string of terror strikes in various parts of the country
The IM operative, identified as Zain-ul Abedin, was nabbed at Chhattrapati Shivaji International Airport where the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) had laid a trap for him, said Special Inspector General of Police (ATS) Niket Kaushik. The accused has been sent to police custody till 6 May.
The three blasts on 13 July, 2011, at Dadar, Opera House and Zaveri Bazar during the evening peak hours had claimed 26 lives besides injuring over 130 other people.
With inputs from IANS and PTI