Kandahar hijack suspect, Mehrajuddin Dand, arrested

One of India’s most wanted, 48-year-old Mehrajuddin Dand, is now in police custody. His arrest comes 13 years after the audacious Kandahar IC-814 hijack, for which he is suspected to have provided logistical support. The militant, the Jammu and Kashmir Police say, is a major catch; he had been operating for the last 20 years.

“All this requires confirmation, if they (police) have arrested then I applaud them. Let me confirm it and then I shall come back before you again,” Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said.

Dand goes by the alias Javed and is also alleged to have been involved in several blasts across the country. He had been living in Nepal for many years now, the police said, and had married a Hindu girl there. He was arrested in Kishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir, while returning from Nepal.

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