Abdul Karim Tunda: From a carpenter to top Lashkar terrorist
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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, was arrested by Delhi Police from the Indo-Nepal border after he was apparently deported from one of the Gulf countries.
70-year-old Tunda was an expert bomb maker of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Born in 1943 at Chatta Lal Miya, behind Delite Cinema, Daryaganj, Tunda worked as a carpenter, scarp dealer and cloth merchant till he attained the age of 40 years before becoming a radicalised jehadi militant. Soon after his birth, his father along with his family had shifted to their native village in Bazaar Khurd, Railway Road, Pilkhua in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad.
Before joining the ranks of the terror outfit, he also ran a homoeopathic shop in Loharan Mohalla in the early 1980's.
Since then the turn of events through which he came into contact with the terror module are sketchy.
It is known that in the early '80s Tunda was initiated into terrorism by the ISI and he crossed over to Pakistan where he underwent training in making improvised explosive devices. He was known as Tunda (handicapped) after he lost his left hand in a bomb-making accident.
According to police, besides being an expert in bomb making, Tunda had a major hand in spreading Laskhar-e-Taiba's network outside Jammu and Kashmir.
Police said Tunda was wanted in 21 cases in Delhi alone that were committed in 1994 and in 1996-1998.Tunda was one of 20 terrorists India had demanded the Pakistani government to hand over after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.