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Missing Mumbai blasts convict arrested in Kanpur

Jalees Ansari./ File

Jalees Ansari./ File   | Photo Credit: Special arrangement

Ansari, 68, went missing on Thursday while on a parole from Rajasthan’s Ajmer Central Prison.

Jalees Ansari, a Mumbai serial blasts convict, who went missing while on parole, was arrested on Friday in Kanpur, the special task force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh police said.

Ansari, 68, convicted for the 1993 blasts, went missing on Thursday while on parole from Rajasthan’s Ajmer Central Prison. A missing person’s report was lodged at the Agripada police station in Mumbai when he did not appear for his usual attendance as part of his parole conditions, police said.

U.P. DGP O.P Singh said a team of the UP STF, which was in touch with the Anti-Terrorism Squad Mumbai, nabbed Ansari outside a mosque in Kanpur. Ansari was arrested from Faithfulganj around 1 p.m., the police claimed. Around ₹47,000 cash, a diary, a mobile phone and an Aadhaar card were recovered from him, they said.

“It is big success for U.P. police, especially the STF. [He was arrested] in a very dramatic way, when he was coming out of a mosque, and was moving towards a railway station holding a child by his finger,” said DGP Singh.

On December 26, Ansari was released for 21 days on parole from Ajmer jail. He had to appear before a local police station and register his attendance daily between 10 a.m. and noon, police said. He had to return to jail on January 17. But on January 16, he suddenly disappeared from his house in Mumbai, police said.

Mr. Singh said it was not yet clear why Ansari jumped parole, adding that he would be interogated.

 

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