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Top terror suspect Abdul Karim Tunda arrested by Delhi Police


Subhajit Sengupta, Praveen Swami, CNN-IBN
Aug 17, 2013 at 03:27pm IST

New Delhi: Top terror suspect Syed Abdul Karim alias Tunda has been arrested by the Delhi Police and brought to India. The Delhi Police said he was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border.

70-year-old Tunda, an expert bomb maker of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, would be produced before a court by Delhi Police later on Saturday, official sources said. Describing Tunda as a major catch, the security agencies say he would be able to throw some light on Lashkar-e-Taiba's operations in India.

Tunda was one of the 20 terrorists whose extradition India had demanded from Pakistan after the 2001 attack on Parliament House. This list included Lashkar chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and his Jaish-e-Mohammad counterpart Maulana Azhar Masood Alvi. In fact, sources have told CNN-IBN that Tunda has been in constant touch with Saeed over the years.

A Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist, Tunda is wanted in India in connection with at least 40 terror cases in and around Delhi including a series of bomb blasts in India between 1996 and 1998. The Dawood Ibrahim aide is also wanted in 33 criminal cases.

Tunda had fled the country in the mid-1990s. He was even declared dead in Bangladesh and also reportedly arrested in Kenya. But the Kenyan Police had later clarified the man they had arrested was not Tunda.

Who is Abdul Karim Tunda?

Abdul Karim Tunda, a top 'bomber' of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, is a resident of Pilakhuwa area in Western Uttar Pradesh. He came to be known as 'Tunda' after losing his left arm in a bomb-making process.

He is one of the three co-founders of the jehadi movement in India. Tunda masterminded many North India bombings from 1996 to 1998.

He is wanted for 33 criminal cases and 40 blasts. Tunda is a suspect in Delhi, Panipat, Sonepat and Ludhiana blasts.

Post 1997, Tunda shuttled between Karachi, Kenya and West Asia. He travelled from Pakistan to Bangladesh over the past decade.

Before joining the ranks of the terror outfit, he ran a homoeopathic shop in the early 1980's. Sources say that though he was not directly involved in perpetrating bombings after 1998, he acted as mentor for a younger generation of Lashkar operatives, financing and organising operations across India.

(With additional information from PTI)

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