Lashkar-e-Taiba’s ‘bomb ex­pert’ Syed Ab­dul Karim ‘Tunda’ ar­rested

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In a ma­jor catch on the Indo-Nepal bor­der, the Delhi Po­lice re­cently ar­rested Syed Ab­dul Karim alias ‘Tunda’, a Lashkar-eTaiba’s (LeT) com­man­der who mas­ter­minded a se­ries of bomb­ing in North In­dia in 1996-98. The Spe­cial Com­mis­sioner of Delhi Po­lice Spe­cial Cell, S.N. Sri­vas­tava, in­formed that the 70-year-old LeT ter­ror­ist had planned to carry out a blast in Delhi ahead of Com­mon­wealth Games in 2010. He could not suc­ceed in his ne­far­i­ous de­signs though, as his aides were ar­rested.

Tunda, an aide of fugi­tive don Da­wood Ibrahim, is in­volved in around 40 bomb blast cases in Mum­bai, Delhi, Ut­tar Pradesh, Haryana, Pun­jab, Hyderabad and Su­rat, added Sri­vas­tava. Tunda, who is wanted in 21 cases in Delhi alone, has been closely as­so­ci­ated with Ja­maatud-Dawa chief Hafiz Mo­ham­mad Saeed, who is wanted in In­dia for the 26/11 Mum­bai ter­ror at­tack, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a top LeT com­man­der and an­other ac­cused in the 26/11 at­tacks, Adam Cheema, wanted in con­nec­tion with the Mum­bai blasts, Wad­hawa Singh Bab­bar, who leads the Bab­bar Khalsa In­ter­na­tional, Ratandeep Singh, Karachi-based In­dian Mu­jahideen ab­scon­ders Ab­dul Aziz alias Bada Sa­jid and oth­ers, told the po­lice.

The Spe­cial Cell of Delhi Po­lice ar­rested Tunda on Au­gust 16 at around 3 p.m. in Ut­tarak­hand’s Ban­basa area close to the Nepal bor­der on the ba­sis of an in­for­ma­tion re­ceived by cen­tral in­tel­li­gence agen­cies, said Sri­vas­tava, adding a Pak­istani pass­port is­sued on Jan­uary 23, 2013, was found in the pos­ses­sion of the man, who is one of the In­dia’s most wanted.

Born in Chatta Lal Mian area be­hind Delite Cin­ema in Delhi’s Darya­ganj area in 1943, Tunda’s fam­ily later shifted to Pilkhuwa (Ghazi­abad, Ut­tar Pradesh).

Tunda, whose fa­ther worked as a me­tal worker, later worked as a car­pen­ter, scrap dealer and mer­chant. Tunda lived in Pilkhuwa with his wife till 1992. He be­came a ji­hadi when he was 40-year-old. Tunda was al­legedly in­doc­tri­nated by Pak­istan’s In­ter-Ser­vices In­tel­li­gence in the 1980s. He had a role in ghastly com­mu­nal ri­ots in Bhi­wandi (Ma­ha­rash­tra) in 1985.

An ac­cused in 1993 Mum­bai se­rial blasts, and 1997 and 1998 Delhi blasts be­sides oth­ers, Tunda es­caped to Pak­istan in 1998 to act as men­tor for a younger gen­er­a­tion of Lashkar op­er­a­tives, fi­nanc­ing and or­gan­is­ing op­er­a­tions across In­dia.

He was ar­rested in Jan­uary 1994. But he es­caped to Dhaka, Bangladesh, and taught mak­ing bombs to ji­hadi ele­ments. He fur­ther trav­elled to Pak­istan to train youth in LeT-or­gan­ised camps.

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