2013 Bihar blasts suspect ‘Chemical Ali,’ arrested

Raipur: Suspected SIMI operative Azharuddin alias Azhar alias Chemical Ali, wanted in connection with the 2013 Bodhgaya and Patna bomb blasts, was arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police from Hyderabad airport after he landed from Saudi Arabia, an officer said.

Ali (32), a native of Raipur, has been wanted since the last six years after he was named as an accused in connection with the Bihar blasts, Raipur SSP Arif Sheikh told reporters.

“Acting on a specific input, he was arrested by a joint team of Chhattisgarh Police and its Anti-Terrorist Squad wing from Hyderabad airport on Friday after he landed (in a flight) from Saudi Arabia,” he said. Ali is suspected to have given shelter to terrorists involved in the Bodhgaya and Patna blasts. Pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya was rocked by a series of blasts on July 7, 2013.