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August 17, 2013

The Delhi police seem to have caught up with one of India’s most wanted: Abdul Karim, aka Tunda. A report in TOI and many other newspapers quote verbatim from a PTI report which gives the facts and points out the unclear circumstances of his arrest:

70-year-old Tunda, an expert bomb maker of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, was arrested yesterday at around 3 PM from the Banwasa-Mehendarnagar border with Nepal, and brought to Delhi.

He was carrying a Pakistani Passport No AC 4413161 issued on 23 January, 2013 in the name of Abdul Quddus, Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) S N Shrivastava said addressing a press conference.

There were conflicting reports over the circumstances in which Tunda was arrested, with one police source claiming that he was deported from a Gulf country.

Another source said 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.

Tunda was produced before a duty magistrate early in the morning here today. The court sent him to three day’s police custody.

“Abdul Karim Tunda is a well known LeT explosive expert/terrorist wanted for his role in 1993 Mumbai serial train blasts, Delhi bomb blasts of 1997-98 and serial bombings in the state of Uttar Pradesh and also at Panipat, Sonepat, Ludhiana, Hyderabad etc,” said Shrivastava.

Tunda is reportedly also wanted in several cases of serial blasts in trains in Hyderabad, Gulbarga, Surat and Lucknow on December 5 and 6, 1993, he said.

August 19, 2013

Newspapers are full of information released by the Delhi police. The Hindu reported:

A top Delhi police official while stating this on Sunday said that 70-year-old Tunda claimed during his interrogation that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim whom he met in Karachi several times stays in a safe house in Pakistan’s port city and is guarded by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

“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,” the official said.

During his stay in Pakistan, Tunda told the police he had been in touch with organisations like ISI, LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Indian Mujahiddin (IM) 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.

Z News added:

Tunda is proving to be a minefield of information for the security agencies. Throwing light on the Mumbai attacks mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Tunda has apparently said that the man called the shots as far as terror outfit Lashker-e-Taiba’s (LeT) was concerned. He has also talked about his differences with Lakhvi.

Among India’s 20 top most wanted terrorists, Tunda has also claimed that he had not been included in LeT’s ‘bleed India’ policy strategy, despite being one of the founders of LeT’s pan-India operations, which had virtually left him and his family on the streets. The reason for him being overlooked was because he was considered a spent force once he arrived in Pakistan from Bangladesh in early 2000.

In order to earn a livelihood, Tunda, who had helped in indoctrinating many youths from India for terror activities, was given a two storied house bang opposite to Markaz ul Jamaat-ul-Dawah in Muridkee of Sheikhpura district of Punjab where he used to sell perfumes.

TOI elaborated:

Tunda has been nursing a grudge against Lakhvi ever since the two had a spat — well known among security agencies — over distribution of finances. Agencies aren’t taking Tunda’s words at face value and would be verifying his claims. But they said the 70-year-old terror operative was a walking encyclopedia of LeT’s pan-India operations.

During interrogations, Tunda said he had sought the intervention of Pakistan’s ISI over his differences with Lakhvi, but was told that he was aging and should take up another role — that of a “motivator”, since Tunda had exemplary “motivational qualities”. Sources claim that Tunda set up three madrasas — Mehdus-Taleem-Islam-e-Dar-Al-Funoon madrasas — under this “compromise” formula.

Officials said Tunda brought up the subject of his differences with Lakhvi several times. Despite played a key role in LeT’s pan-India operations, Tunda was bitter about not being able to wield a bigger influence in the terror outfit. He was termed as a spent force once he arrived in Pakistan from Bangladesh in early 2000.

Tunda was also upset that he was informed by Saeed about the 26/11 attack but was kept out of the loop on operational details. At the same time, younger operatives like Abu Jundal, who has later arrested by Delhi Police, were drafted into the planning process.

Cops said Wadhawa Singh Babbar and Ratandeep Singh, both top operatives of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), had met Tunda and tried to smuggle in explosives processed in Bangladesh.

Tunda’s association with Iqbal Kana — the fake currency kingpin handled by ISI — came as no surprise as Tunda was very familiar with the smuggling routes.

There could be wheels within wheels. One wonders about the source of information which the Delhi police obtained on Tunda’s whereabouts. Has Mr. Tunda has been sacrificed by his organization to the Delhi police? It is unlikely that he has given himself up, since he faces potential death sentences. Is he giving false information to the police? Is the police release full of twisted information? After all, it is to the advantage of the Indian security establishment to pass on false information to terrorists. Little can therefore be taken at face value in this case.


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