Not arrested in India: says LeT bomb expert Tunda

Top Lashkar-e-Taiba bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda on Friday claimed in a Delhi court that he was not arrested from the India-Nepal border, but was picked up from Nepal by the Delhi police. Tunda also sought a direction to police to furnish details of cases pending against him.

72-year-old Tunda, who was arrested allegedly from Indo- Nepal border on 16 August in 2013 by the special cell of Delhi police, said that ‘in fact, he was picked up from Nepal and brought to India’ by the police.

Tunda was one of the 20 terrorists India had asked Pakistan to hand over after the Mumbai terror attacks.

Chief metropolitan magistrate Amit Bansal has issued a notice to the police seeking its response on Tunda’s plea and fixed the matter for 10 January.

According to the police, Tunda was arrested allegedly from Indo-Nepal border on 16 August last year. However in his plea accused has alleged that he was picked up from Nepal and brought to India. According to the plea, ‘In the interest of justice prayed that direction may kindly be issued to the SHO special cell to furnish the details of the remaining cases pending against the applicant/accused and to arrest him, if required.’

Defence counsel MS Khan said that it was not known if there are more pending cases as alleged against Tunda. ‘The accused has a right to know and seek trial or avail legal remedies available to him,’ said Khan. It has been alleged that he was involved in more than 20 terror attack cases between 1994 and 1998 in Delhi and other states but till date, he has been arrested by Delhi police in only four cases.

Special cell has recently filed a chargesheet against Tunda in the 1997 Sadar Bazar blasts case, in which framing of charges will be done on 18 January.
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