The Controversy over Arrest of Abdul Karim Tunda

Abdul Karim TundaSyed Abdul Karim Tunda, one of the major Lashkar e-Taiba Terrorist has been arrested by Police.

There are conflicting reports over his arrest. Some sources say that he has been arrested from Raxaul Bihar while others say that he has been arrested from Banbasa-Mehendarnagar Border in Uttarakhand.

He is wanted in over 40 Cases of Bomb Blasts in India. A 70 year old LeT Operative, he is considered to be a Bomb Making Expert.

The First Report  says hat he was arrested on August 9 night from Raxaul district of Bihar along the India Nepal Border.  He was arrested by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and later handed over to Delhi Police. The Trap was laid by DRI Team from Patna and Muzaffarpur while seeking to go the border in darkness at Raxaul border. Initially, he called himself Jameel alias Bhura, however on sustained interrogation he admitted he used to be Abdul Karim Tunda.

The Second Report says that  Tunda left Karachi around ten days ago and reached Kathmandu via Dubai.  Intelligence agencies were tracking him from Dubai and gave a tip-off to the Special Cell of Delhi Police, which finally nabbed him yesterday from the Indo-Nepal border.

Whatever be the circumstances of his arrest, he was being sought by Delhi Police, UP Police, national Investigation company, CBI, ATS and IB. Reports are that Tunda used to monitor smuggling of faux Indian currency notes and different terror actions.

In 2000 it was revealed that he died in Bangladesh, but later it was proved wrong. In 2006, he was arrested in Kenya, but later fled the arrest. He was carrying a Pakistani Passport No AC 4413161 issued on 23 January, 2013 in the name of Abdul Quddus.

Abdul Karim Tunda is a native of Pilkhuwa in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district. Abdul Karim Tunda worked as a carpenter, scarp dealer and cloth merchant till he attained the age of 40 years before becoming a radicalised jehadi militant.

His younger brother Abdul Malik (a carpenter) is reportedly the only immediate family member alive in India.

His name figured in the list of 20 terrorists whose extradition India had demanded from Pakistan after the 2001 attack on Parliament House. He was referred to as Tunda (handicapped) after he lost his left hand in a bomb-making accident.

The CBI had charged Karim with organising LeT’s major terror attacks outside of Jammu and Kashmir — a series of 43 bombings in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Rohtak and Jalandhar in which over 20 persons were killed and over 400 injured.

He had also triggered explosions on inter-city trains on December 6, 1993 that claimed two lives.  He is also reportedly connected with Indian Mujahideen (known earlier as Students Islamic Movement of India), Jaish-e-Mohammad and Jamat-ud-Dawa other than LeT.