Patna serial blasts mastermind Tehseen Akhtar arrested


New Delhi: Tehseen Akhtar, the main accused in a series of blasts targeting Narendra Modi’s rally in Patna in October last year, has been arrested by Delhi police from Nepal.

Tehseen is a top operative of the terror group Indian Mujahideen, and was heading it since the arrest of Yasin Bhatkal in August. He is wanted in several recent terror attacks.

Sources say Tehseen’s arrest is a major blow for the Indian Mujahideen as it is without a leader at present.

Tehseen’s arrest comes close on the heels of the arrest of Waqas Ahmed, a Pakistan-based IM operative who was among the terrorists who planned and carried out the 13/7 serial blasts in Mumbai.

Tehseen became the chief of the IM after his boss Yasin Bhatkal was arrested in August 2013, say sources in Delhi police.

Acting on reports of the Intelligence Bureau about his movement, Delhi police had been hot on Tehseen’s trail for a few weeks.

Sources said, Tehseen was planning to flee from Nepal to Pakistan, but was arrested in the meantime.

The sources also disclosed how Tehseen fled to Ajmer after the Patna serial blasts, and worked there as a tourist guide.


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