Tunda Brought to Hyderabad Regarding Terror Case

Tunda Brought to Hyderabad Regarding Terror Case

LeT bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda was today brought to the city from Delhi by Hyderabad Police in connection with a case lodged against him here in 1998 on charges of waging war against India.

"Tunda will be produced before a local court today and we will seek his 15-day police custody to interrogate him in connection with the case lodged against him," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detective Department) LKV Ranga Rao told PTI.

A Delhi court on October 4 had allowed the plea of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Hyderabad Police, which moved the court seeking Tunda's custody after the accused was remanded in judicial custody till October 15 in connection with a 1997 bomb blast case lodged against him in Delhi.

The Hyderabad Police, in its plea, had said that a case was lodged on July 2, 1998, on a complaint that "ISI activities are going on in order to wage war against the government and to create unrest in India and to cause damage to internal security of India and to Hindus and their properties on a large scale."

It had said the case was lodged under various sections of the IPC, Arms Act, Explosives Substances Act, Passport Act and Foreigners Act.

It also said that of the 29 accused, 17 have been arrested while the remaining 12 -- including Tunda, who in the petition was termed as a "hardcore terrorist" of LeT module -- were in the list of absconders.

"He (Tunda) has been cited as an accused and we want to connect the offender with the crime," the DCP said.

70-year-old Tunda was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border at Banbasa on August 16. He was earlier remanded in police custody for questioning in connection with 37 bomb blast cases across the country.

Tunda is one of the 20 terrorists whom India had asked Pakistan government to hand over after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. He is the first on the list to be arrested.

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