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Syed Abdul Karim alias Tunda, was an alleged bomb maker of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, and was accused of masterminding over 40 bombings in India.[1] He was arrested by Indian authorities on 16 August at the India-Nepal border. However, the exact timings of this arrest is disputed with various versions being reported.[2]. Later, he received a clean chit by a Delhi court in all four cases against him.[3]

Syed Abdul Karim Tunda
Syed Abdul Karim

Daryaganj, Delhi, India
Other namesTunda
OccupationCarpentry and scrap business in past
Known foralleged involvement in over 40 bombings in India
Spouse(s)Mumtaz and two others


Early lifeEdit

Born in a poor family in 1943 at Chatta Lal Miya area in central Delhi's Daryaganj area, he started his career as a carpenter at his native village in Bazaar Khurd area in Pilkhuwa in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad district.[4] He married for the first time here in Uttar Pradesh. He came to Behrampura, Ahmedabad in 1982 and started carpentry and scrap business. He looked after a mosque and taught holy books to children. He married for the second time, Mumtaz and had a son, Irshaan after a year of a marriage. He returned to Delhi in 1989.[5] He married for the third time an 18-year-old girl, at the age of 65 in Pakistan.[5] He has 6 children.

Later lifeEdit

He came under the police radar after the Mumbai serial bombings in 1993. He got the moniker Tunda – Hindi/ Bengali (Bangla) for without a hand or physically handicapped- after his left hand got severed in an accident while preparing a bomb in 1985 in Mumbai. His younger brother Abdul Malik, who still is a carpenter, is reportedly the only immediate family member alive in India. He also stayed in Pakistan where he is known to have imparted training on fabrication of IED and other explosives to mujahids who were sent to India from Pakistan for jihad.[6] During his stay in Pakistan, he had been in touch with organisations like ISI, LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Indian Mujahideen and Babbar Khalsa and had been meeting people like Hafiz Saeed, Maulana Masood Azhar, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Dawood Ibrahim and several others wanted by India. He was using an elaborate network of human traffickers and fake currency suppliers active in Bangladesh. Tunda has also been associated with Rohingya operatives in the past. His association with LeT commanders Rehan alias Zafar and Azam Cheema alias Babajee is well known.[7][failed verification]

Role in terrorismEdit

After allegedly indoctrinated by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in the 1980s, Tunda became a jihadi at the age of 40.[citation needed] After allegedly masterminding 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, in 1994, he fled to Bangladesh where he taught making bombs to jihadi elements and in 1998, he acted as 'mentor' to give training to younger generation of Lashkar operatives in terror camps in Pakistan. In 1994, Tunda's name surfaced in Chhattisgarh Express bomb blast near Ghaziabad railway station that claimed 19 lives.[8] In 1994, it is said that Delhi Police and the intelligence bureau also raided Ashok Nagar area after receiving a tip-off from sources. But Tunda managed to escape before being nabbed. But, security agencies found explosives, detonators, Pak made weapons and objectionable documents written in Urdu from his hideout in huge quantity. In 1996, an Interpol Red Corner notice was issued against Tunda. In 1997, after returning to India, he was involved in a bomb blast that took place near Punjabi Bagh in west Delhi in a Blueline bus that killed at least four people and injured around 24 people. It is believed that he died in a blast in Bangladesh in 2000 but Abdul Razzaq, an LeT operative arrested by the Delhi police in 2005, revealed about his presence in Pakistan.[5] Tunda's name was on number 15 in a dossier of "most wanted terrorists" that India handed over to Pakistan after 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. He is also believed to be guiding the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which later turned into Indian Mujahideen. Besides that, he was planning to 'recruit' Rohingyas from Myanmar to target Buddhists there.[citation needed] He had also tried to carry out serial explosions in the national capital Delhi, just before the Commonwealth Games in 2010, but the plan was foiled as his accomplices were arrested. According to reports, it has emerged that Tunda aims at carrying out blasts at crowded places and inflict maximum casualties. A close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed and top LeT commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, an "expert bomb maker", Tunda is accused of masterminding over 40 cases of bomb blasts in Mumbai, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Hyderabad and Surat. 70-year-old Tunda is one of the prized catch by the Delhi police in the war against terror, who took shelter in various countries after fleeing India 20 years back. He also had a major hand in spreading Laskhar-e-Taiba's network outside Jammu and Kashmir.[9]


The Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested 70 years old Tunda on 16 August at around 3 pm in Uttarakhand's Banbasa area close to the Nepal border on the basis of an information received by central intelligence agencies, He was possessing a Pakistani passport issued on 23 January 2013.[10][11] Delhi court discharges LeT bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda.[12]


He was admitted to AIIMS New Delhi upon report of Health Complications. The angiography procedure revealed blockages in vessels in his heart. Doctors have implanted a Pacemaker into his heart after taking permission from his Lawyer Advocate M S Khan.[13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Jammu and Kashmir terror outfit major attacks". Times of India. 8 August 2013.Who is Abdul Karim Tunda?
  2. ^ The Controversy over Arrest of Abdul Karim Tunda
  3. ^ "Abdul Karim Tunda gets clean chit in all four cases". The Hindu. 6 March 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  4. ^ Tripathi, Rahul (23 August 2013). "Syed Abdul Karim Tunda: The story from Pilkhuwa to Pakistan". Indian Express. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Shastri, Parth (25 August 2013). "Seven years in Ahmedabad". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  6. ^ PTI (18 August 2013). "Tunda's fascination with explosives began at the age of 12". Indian Express. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Abdul Karim Tunda's journey from a carpenter to terrorist". Free News Post.
  8. ^ Pandey, Devesh (18 August 2013). "'LeT ideologue' Tunda in police custody". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Know all about Karim Tunda". One India.
  10. ^ "Arrested Lashkar terrorist Abdul Karim Tunda was carrying Pakistani passport:Delhi Police".
  11. ^ "Delhi police arrest Lashkar-e-Toiba's 'bomb expert' Abdul Karim Tunda".
  12. ^ "Release". 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  13. ^ Terrorist Abdul Karim Tunda gets a Pacemaker at AIIMS