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Getting Redbeard

Tunda has been delivered, but what explains the Gulf’s cooperation?

Getting Redbeard
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Getting Redbeard
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Syed Abdul Karim, alias ‘Tunda’, misses the typical image of a terrorist by a long shot. If you were to attach a face to a ‘dreaded terrorist’, his would be the last mug to pop up in your imagination. Over 70, bespectacled with a flowing hennaed beard in white salwar suit, Tunda looks more like a small businessman or shopkeeper from Old Delhi. But according to the Delhi Pol­ice, who nabbed him on August 16 from the India-Nepal border, Tunda was a commander of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, one of its experienced bomb-makers and a valued recruiter. He is thought to be the mastermind behind several bombing incidents in various Indian cities, including a failed attempt in New Delhi dur­ing the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

If media reports attributed to Delhi police sources are to be believed, Tunda has been singing like a canary for the past few days. He has named almost all those who figure in India’s ‘most wanted list’, admitting his close association not only with them but also with key officials of Pakistan’s ISI, including its...

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