HUJI Militant Arrested in Joint Operation

A militant belonging to Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI) has been arrested by Andhra Pradesh police, reported PTI citing a senior police official.

Mohd Amjad alias Khaja, the South Indian commander of HUJI, is believed to be a close associate of Mohammed Abdul Shahed alias Bilal, a self-styled commander of HUJI and was made South Indian in-charge of the outfit to carry out terror activities after the suspected killing of Bilal in a shoot-out in Karachi in Pakistan during 2007.

Police official said that Khaja was nabbed in Chennai through a joint operation by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal Police and Central agencies on the information given by arrested HUJI operatives in Kolkatta recently, said report.

Khaja, said to be a native of Hyderabad, had been operating his activities from Bangladesh and allegedly conspired to unleash terror on Republic Day either at Chennai or Hyderabad, report said quoting official.

Khaja was allegedly involved in the blasts in Mecca Masjid and twin blasts in Hyderabad during 2007 besides conspiring terror attacks in Ajmer Shareef and Jaipur and was also suspected to be an accused in the ‘failed’ conspiracy to eliminate BJP leader Indrasen Reddy in 2004.

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