In a joint operation carried out by Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Saturday, Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) accused in 1993 Mumbai blasts and close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, Qadir Ahmad, was arrested from Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh.

UP ATS Inspector General Aseem Arun said in a statement that Qadir Ahmad was nabbed after a warrant was issued for his arrest by the Gujarat Police. The police operation was lead by UP ATS Inspector Vishwajit Singh and the accused will now be transferred to concerned court in Gujarat on transit remand.

According to a medial release from UP ATS, Qadir is the son of Amir Ahmad and is a resident of Najibabad in Bijnore district, UP. He is one of the accused in Mumbai serial blasts that occurred in 1993, where he played a crucial role in smuggling the arms and ammunition from Jamnagar, Gujarat to Mumbai provided by Tiger Memon.

Gujarat police will conduct inquiries from the accused and further details on the matter will be released by them.

Last month, a special court pronounced six accused, including Abu Salem, guilty in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case that claimed at least 257 lives.