New Delhi: Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Abdul Karim alias Tunda, who was arrested by the Delhi Police near the India-Nepal border, reportedly told his interrogators on Sunday that he has met underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in Karachi several times. Tunda also reportedly told the interrogators that Dawood stays in a safe house in Karachi and is guarded by Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI.
"He(Tunda) claims that Dawood first called him to meet in 2010. He says that the underworld don stays in a safe house in Karachi and is guarded by ISI. His movements is restricted and monitored by the intelligence agency," a top Delhi Police official said.
During his stay in Pakistan, Tunda told the police he had been in touch with organisations like the ISI, LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Indian Mujahiddin and Babbar Khalsa and had been meeting people like Hafiz Saeed, Maulana Masood Azhar, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Dawood Ibrahim and several others wanted by India.
"He (Tunda) says that the underworld don stays in a safe house in Karachi and is guarded by ISI," a top Delhi Police official said.
Calling the scope of his interrogation a 'vast canvas', the official said that Tunda, an expert bomb maker, is a bigger catch then Abu Jundal, a key Mumbai attack handler, for security agencies because of his intensive networks across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. "He has met the leaders of almost all anti-India organisations and even their small operatives. Tunda was constantly in touch with ISI and has worked with them closely," the official said.
Tunda had an excellent network of operatives through which he sent men and material into India, the official said, adding he has been sending explosives and Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) in India. Tunda, a close aide of Dawood, was arrested on Friday after being on the run in several countries.
According to the police official, Tunda is running a number of madarsas in Karachi under the name of Mehdud-Taleem-Islam-e-Dar-Al-Funoon for which he gets a lot of donations for individuals and organisations. Here he indoctrinates youth to join jehad and gives them training to use arms and ammunition. There is a batch of around 200 youth of all age groups in every batch, the official said.
The penetration level of his network and structure can be gauged by the fact that that in September-October 2010 when Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) leader Wadhawa Singh wanted to push explosives in India through Bangladesh he contacted Tunda for it, it was stated.
"The explosives which were assembled outside Pakistan were to be sent somewhere in Delhi or Punjab. However, the plan failed as Tunda's operatives were arrested in Bangladesh before they could execute the plan," the official said.
"Tunda has got great oratory skills through which he influences people, especially youth. He is a sort of 'motivational speaker' who encourages his disciples to join Jehad. Due to his ability to 'motivate' people he remains in great demand by terrorist organizations to give a 'pep talk' to their men," the official said.
To carry out a terror attack, you need a man, motivation and a bomb. Tunda provides all of this and that is why he is so popular among all terror outfits. His job is recruiting, motivating and providing explosives, he said. According to police sources, Tunda, who was born in India in 1943, became radicalised and joined Jehadi forces in 1985 after some of his relatives were killed in communal riots in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra.