LeT bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda arrested on Indo-Nepal Border

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    One of India's most wanted terrorist, Syed Abdul Karim alias Tunda, accused of masterminding over 40 bombings in the country, has been arrested by Delhi Police from the Indo-Nepal border after he was apparently deported from one of the Gulf countries.

    70-year-old Tunda, an expert bomb maker of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, would be produced before a court by Delhi Police later today (Saturday), official sources said.

    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.

    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.

    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 Mohammad 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 sources say that though he was not directly involved in perpetrating bombings after 1998, he acted as mentor for a younger generation of Lashkar operatives, financing and organising operations across India.

    He was known as Tunda (handicapped) after he lost his left hand in a bomb-making accident.

    Many stories had been floated earlier about his whereabouts and the hunt for him virtually ended at one point when it was believed that he had been killed in a blast in Bangladesh.
     
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    Re: LeT bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda, wanted in 40 blast cases

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    Good Job intell agencies and DP........................
     
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    the question is : why him, and why now ? its clear that UAE & KSA certainly played a role here, he didnt just pop up on the indo nepal border out of nowhere. Is the US pulling some strings behind the scenes to get Indo-pak talks back on track with Tunda added as a sweetener ? :hmm:
     
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    Pakistani passport, huh! where are those sisy Pakistanis who say their nation is a peace loving genuine state. Makkaar padosi.
     
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    mods pls delete the above posts...
     
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    Since US/KSA/UAE have that kind of leverage in Paki establishment, India should demand the heads of mandarins from "ISI + ISI arms like JeM/LeT" as a precondition for any rapprochement.
     
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    It's the family who suffers and not the criminal, only an experienced person can tell you what it feels like if a policeman shouts from the door , the family members of the criminal suffer the mistreatment (necessary) by police/public without any fault. I am feeling sad for his family, due to this insane Jihadi .

    On Ishrat Jahan, police should send such terrorists to the border at J&K and then get them shot by army, no one will make fuss then. :troll:
     
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    again, what is the quid pro quo going on here , cuo bono - who benefits ? i`m extremely sure that the UAE/KSA/USA setup is extracing their pound of flesh. question is what exactly is this the deal here ?
    @Yusuf any insights on this ?
     
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    sir jee yeh Tunda toh saala 5'6" ka bhi nehi hain:lol:!main toh samajhta tha ke lashkar ke jehadi 6'5" ke hote hain after all they claim to be the true descendants of the Turks and the Arabs but i guess i was wrong:rofl:
     
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    If the family is relieved from his arrest & is asking for strict punishment from GOI, why dint they inform the police when he started all this ANTI India activity. Without family support or not keeping his family informed Tunda cannot do all this activity easily. Family also play an important role in shaping a person.

    Now playing innocent does not help.

    I am sure there are lot of parents/families know about Jihadi./Anti India activities done by their famliy members. They should come out in open & inform the police or to the general public. Such people should be honored by police or GOI.
     
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    I agree, if they had knowledge then they should have informed the police.
     
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    Folks this guy is a quid pro quo gifted by UAE for the Jet Etihad deal it looks
     
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    ​ Mumbai attack mastermind Lakhvi calls the shots in LeT, Tunda claims


    NEW DELHI: From an expert bomb maker to a small time shopkeeper selling perfumes near Muridkee in Pakistan, Abdul KarimTunda has claimed that top LeT commander and Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-RehmanLakhvi calls the shots in the terror outfit.

    A composed 70-year-old Tunda, whom the security agencies term as a walking encyclopedia of LeT pan-India operations, spoke about his differences with Lakhvi during police investigations and gave instances how this cropped up in several discussions, official sources said.

    Tunda, a close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and one of India's most wanted terrorists, was arrested on Friday after being on the run in several countries for 19 years.

    Despite being one of the founders of LeT's pan-India operations, Tunda's remorse is that he could not scale the terror outfit's hierarchy as he was termed as a spent force once he arrived in Pakistan from Bangladesh in early 2000.

    He claimed that he had not been included in LeT's "bleed India" policy strategy leaving him, his three wives which included a teen-aged Bangladeshi girl and six children virtually on the streets.

    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.

    Tunda's fundamentalist outlook had its roots after he witnessed the 1985 riots in Mominpura area of Nagpur in Maharashtra, sources said, adding it is believed that after this incident he had started working towards preaching youths to wage war against the government.

    Born in a lower middle class family at Delhi, Tunda moved to Pilkhuwa, near the town of Ghaziabad, in his teens and later shifted to Mumbai, where he set up a business dyeing textiles after his job as a 'Hakeem' in the 80s failed to take off in Ghaziabad.

    After his initial association with Tanzim Islahul Muslimeen (TIM), or Organization for the Improvement of Muslims, Tunda told his investigators that he started following the belief of the Jamaat Ahl-e-Hadis', an ideology being followed by LeT.

    After fleeing to Bangladesh, Tunda married an 18-year-old girl at the age when he was 56.

    While his interrogation continues by a joint team of police and central security agencies, the sources said that he would be grilled about his meeting with Aamir Reza, founder of Indian Mujahideen and other Lashker operatives who had met him while he was in Muridkee.

    ​ Mumbai attack mastermind Lakhvi calls the shots in LeT, Tunda claims - The Times of India
     
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    Why LeT terrorist Abdul Karim Tunda is a major catch for India


    ‘Hakim-ji’, they called him, the stocky middle-aged man with a flowing beard dyed with henna, who had stood among the crowd that had gathered to hear the speech that gave birth to the modern jihadist movement in India.

    In the summer of 1985, as riots raged in Maharashtra, a small group of men had gathered in Mumbai’s Mominpora slum to discuss the creation of an armed group to defend Muslims. The organisation would carry out a string of bombings following the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992—and lay the foundations of today’s jihadist networks.


    Now, in the wake of a carefully-crafted operation involving India’s Research and Analysis Wing and intelligence services in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, that man is in jail.

    Held this morning by the Delhi Police on the India-Nepal border, Syed Abdul Karim ‘Tunda’ will likely provide interrogators with more detail on the inner workings of the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s jihad against India than any terrorist held since 1993. For two decades, he evolved from being a hands-on terror operative to a key mentor, fundraiser and recruiter among jihadists drawn from the Indian diaspora in West Asia.

    Born in 1943 to a lower middle-class family in Delhi, little detail is available on Karim’s early life. He moved to Pilkhuwa, near the town of Ghaziabad, in his teens. He then shifted base to Mumbai, where he set up a small dyeing business. From the accounts of relatives, Karim had little to do with politics—but was drawn to the neo-fundamentalist theology of the Jami’at Ahl-e-Hadis.

    His friends in Mominpora came from diverse backgrounds. There was Muhammad Azam Ghauri—a one-time street thug from Nalagonda, in Hyderabad, who became a key jihad commander before eventually dying in a shootout with police. The third member of the trio was Jalees Ansari, the son of a Mumbai textile-mill worker, who’d clawed his way up to earn a medical degree.

    The three men had just one thing in common: anger at what they saw as a fundamentally anti-Muslim society.

    Precisely a year after the Babri Masjid was brought down, India’s first Lashkar cell executed 43 small bombings in Mumbai and Hyderabad and 7 separate explosions on inter-city trains.

    Karim, intelligence officials believe, travelled to Kolkata, and crossed into Bangladesh with the help of contacts in the Jami’at Ahl-e-Hadis. He was then taken to Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, a long-standing Lashkar-e-Taiba commander who had been tasked with developing the terror group’s pan-India capabilities. By 1996, operating through the Dhaka-based Islamic Chattra Shibir [Islamic Students Organisation], Karim was running a formidable network throughout north India.

    In 1996, Karim is alleged to have executed a series of bombings in Delhi, Rohtak and Jalandhar—the first significant actions carried out under his direct command. He earned the nickname ‘Tunda’ after his left hand was blown off in a bomb-making accident.

    Pakistani nationals are alleged to have had an important role in Karim’s operations. In July 1998, for example, the Delhi Police arrested Abdul Sattar, a resident of Pakistan’s Faislabad district who had set up a covert terror cell in the town of Khurja. Karim had used his expanding network in India to provide Sattar with fake identification papers, cash, guides—and a landlord willing to look the other way while the Pakistani terrorist built a bunker to house explosives inside a pottery kiln.

    The most successful of the long-term Lashkar agents was Mohammad Ishtiaq, the son of a shopkeeper from Kala Gujran in Pakistan’s Jhelum district. Operating under the alias Salim Junaid, Ishtiaq obtained an Indian passport, set up a trucking business out of Hyderabad which secretly served to transport explosives – and even married a local resident, Momina Khatoon.

    The Lashkar’s confidence grew: at a November 1999 rally, its chief, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, announced that “today, inshallah, I announce the break-up of India”.

    Karim receded into the background, shuttling between Lashkar safehouses in Dhaka, Kathmandu and Lahore to meet with operatives. There were repeated rumours he had died. However, he was spotted by Indian intelligence agents at the Lashkar’s campus near Murdike, near Lahore, where he owned a perfume business. Lashkar recruits who joined the organisation after 2002 Gujarat pogrom often met Karim, now a mentor and guide to a new generation of terror operatives.

    Abdul Razzak Masood, an alleged Lashkar operative held in New Delhi in 2005, told police he worked under Karim’s direct command.

    Karim’s also thought to have helped developed links between the Lashkar and Karachi-based ganglord Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar. The Lashkar’s coalition partner in the International Islamic Front for Jihad, al-Qaeda, wished to expand into East Africa and offered cash for the mafia’s networks.

    In October, 2003, the United States Treasury Department officially determined that Dawood Ibrahim’s “smuggling routes from South Asia, the Middle East and Africa are shared with Osama bin-Laden and his terrorist network.”

    Karim was reported, in 2008, to have been arrested in Mombasa—but that turned out to have been a case of mistaken identity.

    Now, a full thirty years after that fateful meeting in Mominpora, Karim is finally in prison. Indian investigators will be seeking detail on the Lashkar’s future plans—but at last, they’ll be able to speak to someone who can tell the story from beginning to end.


    Why LeT's Abdul Karim Tunda is a major catch - Firstpost
     

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