India's most wanted terrorist arrested from 'Indo-Nepal border'
New Delhi police has arrested India's most wanted terrorist, Syed Abdul Karim alias Tunda, who is accused of masterminding more than 40 bombings in the country, from an Indian town bordering Nepal.
70-year-old Tunda, an expert bomb maker of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, was produced before a court Saturday and was then
sent to three days custody of Delhi police, Press Trust of India (PTI said).
S.N. Srivastava of Delhi Police's special cell said at a press conference "Tunda had a Pakistani passport with him when he was arrested from Indo-Nepal border on August 16." He, however, did not specify the bordering place he was arrested from.
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 is reportedly very close to LeT chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed.
The details about his arrest were sketchy but Tunda, against whom an Interpol Red Corner notice was issued in 1996, was apparently deported from one of the Gulf countries and his arrest was effected at the Indo-Nepal border, PTI said.
A resident of Pikhuwa in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad district, 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 Saeed and his Jaish-e-Mohammad counterpart Maulana Azhar Masood Alvi.
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.
Besides being an expert in bomb making, Tunda had a major hand in spreading Laskhar-e-Taiba's network outside Jammu and Kashmir. Before joining the ranks of the terror outfit, he ran a homoeopathic shop in the early 1980's, the report said. Nepalnews.com