New Delhi, Aug 17 (): In a major catch, Delhi Police today arrested Syed Abdul Karim alias Tunda, one of India’s most wanted terrorists from the Indo-Nepal border after Tunda was said to be deported from one of the Gulf countries.
70-year-old Tunda against whom an Interpol Red Corner notice was issued in 1996 is said to be a resident of Pikhuwa in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district. Tunda being one of the 20 terrorists whose extradition India has demanded from Pakistan after the 2001 Parliament attack is an expert bomb maker of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Tunda was also believed to be involved in spreading Laskhar-e-Taiba’s network outside Jammu and Kashmir, besides being an expert bomb maker, said officials. Tunda who lost his left hand in a bomb-making incident was said to be running a homoeopathic shop in the early 1980s before joining the terror outfit in Pakistan. He acted as a guide to Lashkar operatives, financing and organising operations across India.
Tunda was earlier chased immensely by the police who at one point gave up the chase after Tunda was believed to be killed in a blast in Bangladesh. Officials believe that Syed Abdul Karim Tunda is expected to reveal more details on the inner workings of the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s jihad against India since 1993.
Abdul Karim Tunda who shifted his base to Mumbai was closely associated with Muhammad Azam Ghauri and Jalees Ansari, the son of a Mumbai textile-mill worker.The three men shared one thing in common, that was to wage a war against India after the Babri Masjid demolition, said the officials.
Intelligence officials also believe that Karim, in a travel to Kolkata crossed into Bangladesh with the help of terror outfit of Jami’at Ahl-e-Hadis and later joined the Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi group with an intention to develop the terror groups in India.
Officials who claimed that Tunda’s arrest might bring the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s operations to light in India, denied revealing more details on Tunda’s arrest.