Meet Dr. Bomb: India’s explosive expert terrorist
Dr Jalees Ansari, a convict in several serial bomb blast cases across the country, went missing yesterday, when he was on parole. He was then recaptured in Kanpur. Here’s how the saga went.
This story would make the perfect Netflix miniseries. Imagine this - a doctor who became a bomb maker. A terrorism outfit, a bomb on a train, a CBI investigation, a high profile arrest, and now - prison escape, a police huntdown, and a final capture.
And the title for this show already exists in the main character’s alias - Dr Bomb.
Dr Jalees Ansari, a 69-year-old convict serving life imprisonment for plotting and executing over 50 bomb blasts across the country since 1990’s, had gone missing while visiting his family in Mumbai, during his parole on Thursday.
He was arrested once again by police on Friday, just a day after he went missing.
Ansari was nabbed at Faithfulganj in Kanpur Nagar in a joint operation of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Sqaud (ATS) and the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF).
Ansari, aka “Dr Bomb”, was scheduled to report back to the Ajmer jail on January 17, but a missing person complaint was logged by his family members at the Agripada police station on January 16.
Ansari is a medical doctor by profession. He has been convicted in the Jaipur serial blasts, Ajmer blasts and Malegaon blast case. He was first arrested by CBI for planting a bomb in the Rajdhani Express in 1994 and had been in jail ever since.
According to police officials, Ansari left his house for an early morning namaz at 5 AM and did not return. When his phone was found to be switched off, the local police station issued an SOS alert and passed the information to the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism squad.
The Mumbai crime branch, Maharashtra Anti-terrorism squad and other wings of the Mumbai police issued high alert, and launched a massive manhunt to trace and nab Ansari.
The Maharashtra ATS had on Thursday night expressed suspicion that Ansari might have gone to his native village Amar Dova in Sant Kabir Nagar district in UP.
"As there were also chances of him fleeing to Nepal, the UP STF had also shared the information about Ansari to the police stations located along the Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh," he said.
"Trains coming from Mumbai to Lucknow were also on the radar of the agencies. On a specific tip-off, the UP STF laid a trap at Faithfulganj in Kanpur Nagar and arrested Ansari. Cash of Rs 47,780, his Aadhaar card, mobile phone and a pocket diary were seized from him," he said.
One of the most wanted terrorists of the country, Ansari was indoctrinated by terrorist Abdul Karim Tunda. Ansari was working as a doctor with the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) when he came in touch with Tunda who sent him for terror training in Pakistan.
Ansari -- a TNT and timer bombs expert -- was responsible for creating a module with SIMI (Students Islamic Movement of India), HuJI (Harkat ul Mujahideen) anWHid Indian Mujahideen (IM) which had indoctrinated several persons across India and later were responsible for carrying out several serial blasts across the country to avenge the demolition of Babri Masjid.
Ansari, serving a life sentence in the Ajmer blast case, was released on parole from the prison on an order by the apex court on December 28. He was to be handed over to the Arthur Road Jail by the police on Friday, before he went missing.