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Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Syed Abdul Kalim alias Abdul Karim Tunda, a close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and one of India's most wanted terrorists who was a bomb-maker for LeT, was arrested on Friday after being on the run in several countries for 19 years.
Also known to be close to 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, Tunda, had planned to carry out blasts in and around Delhi before the Commonwealth Games, the Delhi Police claimed on Saturday.
According to reports, the 70-year-old Tunda, an expert bomb maker of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, was arrested by Delhi police on Friday at around 3 PM from the Banwasa-Mehendarnagar area on the Indo-Nepal border and brought to Delhi. Delhi court today sent Tunda to three-day police custody.
Addressing a press conference, Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) S N Shrivastava said that Pakistan trained Laskar-e-Taiba terrorists, belonging to Pakistan and Bangladesh, had carried out 24 explosions in Delhi, 5 in Haryana and 3 explosions in Uttar Pradesh on the instructions of Tunda.
"Tunda had planned to carry out bombings in and around Delhi in 2010 at the time of the Commonwealth Games, but the plan was timely thwarted with the arrest of his accomplices who were supposed to carry out the attack," said Shrivastava.
Police said Tunda was wanted in 21 cases in Delhi alone that were committed in 1994 and in 1996-1998.
He was carrying a Pakistani Passport No AC 4413161 issued on 23 January, 2013 in the name of Abdul Quddus, Shrivastava said.
Tunda is one of the 20 terrorists India had asked the Pakistan government to hand over after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and is suspected to be involved in 40 bombings in the country. He is the first in the list to be arrested.