Japan intensifies search for remaining sarin attack cult fugitive

Japan has mobilized thousands of police in an effort to hunt for the last fugitive suspect in the 1995 doomsday cult nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway.

The suspect, Katsuya Takahashi, remains free after the surrender of one fugitive earlier this year and the arrest of another last week, according to WinnipegFreePress.com.

Takahashi, 54, is on Japan's most wanted list for his role in a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway that killed 13 people and injured 6,000.

Approximately 5,000 officers fanned out across the Tokyo area to hand out pictures of the suspect and to monitor transportation centers to try to keep him from escaping the capital. A Tokyo security camera showed Takahashi trying to withdraw money from a bank shortly after the second fugitive was arrested.

Police said they believe Takahashi has been living in the Tokyo area under a false name.

Nearly 200 members of the AUM Shinrikyo cult have been convicted for their roles in that attack and in other crimes. Thirteen, including the cult's leader, Shoko Asahara, are on death row, WinnipegFreePress.com reports.

The cult, renamed Aleph, once included 10,000 members in Japan and another 30,000 in Russia. It is currently under police surveillance and its new leadership has publicly disavowed Asahara.