Cops may seek DNA test to confirm Abdul Karim Tunda's identity
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With several rumours and theories associated with Lashkar-e-Toiba bomb expert Abdul Karim 'Tunda' in the past, Delhi Police's Special Cell is not taking any chance to confirm they have got the right man. Police sources said they might now conduct DNA profiling of Tunda's family to confirm his identity.
There have been several theories about Tunda's arrest in distant countries in the past. In 2000, a news item said Tunda was killed. But he was back in the radar five years later when one Abdul Razzak Masood, who was arrested by Special Cell, revealed he had met Tunda in December 2003. In July 2006, Kenyan police claimed they have arrested a terrorist named Tunda. But it was a case of mistaken identity.
Police said before making formal arrest, they look at specific identification marks. "In Tunda's case, his left arm has been blown off, his face matches with the photos that were released and when interrogated, he revealed crucial information about the cases he has been involved in the past," a police source said. Based on the above points, we know that it is him, but since the technology is available to ascertain and establish his identity, we will go for a DNA profiling test."
"We will see if a family member is willing to give us fingerprint samples, which we will then match with Tunda's fingerprints. When the two DNA structures match, his identity will be established. Tunda's brother is here in India, we will call him if the need be," a police official said.