He had run away from the Batla House scene and had since then evaded the police authorities.
He was wanted by the NIA in a case for conspiring with other members of IM to commit terrorist acts in India. "And he was hiding in Nepal". Junaid is an expert bomb maker, conspirator and executioner.
The meeting, police said, was part of efforts in the direction of revival of IM.
Encounter specialist and Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma, who led the police action, was also killed during the operation.
The Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested a suspected Indian Mujahideen militant who has been absconding since the 2008 Batla House encounter in the city, PTI reported. "He was also wanted in 2007 UP blasts, 2008 Jaipur serial blasts, 2008 Ahmedabad blasts and had escaped from Batla House encounter", said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Special Cell, Pramod Singh Kushwah.
Junaid has been taken into custody for interrogation by the Delhi Police. "Aariz left for Delhi by train with other members after planting the bombs, with tickets booked on fake names", added a crime branch official investigating the serial blasts case.
A few days ago, a specific information was received that Khan will be coming to UP from Banbasa, Indo-Nepal border, to meet an associate, the officer said. A team immediately moved to the area and laid a trap. While majority helped them with financial aid, they refused to provide them shelter. Initially, he tried his hand at running a restaurant but later started teaching in different schools in Nepal.
"Khan was involved in reviving the IM and SIMI in the country after the arrest of its big leaders".
Bhatkal motivated Khan to arrange money to revive the IM.
'For a cover, he worked as a labourer and also met with many sympathisers there, Kushwah said.