Jalees Ansari is suspected to be involved in many bomb blast cases across the country (Photo Credit: File)
The Maharashtra ATS and the Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police have launched a massive manhunt to trace Jalees Ansari, a 68-year-old convict of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. Ansari, also known as Dr Bomb, is accused of plotting and executing many blasts cases across the country since the early 90s. He went missing on Thursday morning and the matter came to light after his family members reached the police station with a complaint about Ansari’s ‘missing’. Ansari is convicted in the Malegaon blast case, Ajmer blasts, and Jaipur serial blasts. He was on parole for 21 days from the Ajmer Central Prison, Rajasthan, and was expected to surrender before prison authorities on Friday.
According to a police official, he was ordered to visit the Agripada Police Station every day between 10.30 am and 12 pm to mark his attendance during his 21-day long parole. But he did not appear at the police station on Thursday during the designated time. In the afternoon, Jaid Ansari – son of Jalees Ansari - approached the police station with a complaint about his ‘missing’ father.
Ansari underwent training in Pakistan
According to the complaint, Jalees Ansari went to offer namaz in the morning but did not return home. The Agripada Police has registered a missing case on the basis of the complaint. Ansari is one of the accused who underwent training in Pakistan in the early nineties.
A doctor by profession, he was indoctrinated by another terrorist Abdul Karim Tunda, reported India Today. Ansari created the terror module which was responsible for carrying several blasts in across the country to avenge the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the report said.
Ansari, a resident of Mominpada in Mumbai, is an expert in TNT and timer bombs and was allegedly connected with terror outfits like SIMI and Indian Mujahidin and taught terror groups how to make bombs. He was also questioned by the NIA in 2011 in connection with the 2008 bomb blast in Mumbai, he said.