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Halim's Tunda links worry police

Halim's Tunda links worry police

Author: Rahul Tripathi
Publication: The Times of India
Date: July 31, 2008

SIMI activist Abdul Halim, arrested by the Ahmedabad police in connection with the serial blasts, belongs to Pilkhuwa town near Ghaziabad. Pilkhuwa was once the hotbed of low-intensity bombmakers, with Abdul Kareem Tunda being the most prominent among them.

Tunda is wanted in connection with 33 low-intensity blasts in Delhi and the NCR between 1997 and '98, and 43 explosions in Mumbai and Hyderabad. The legend of Tunda-declared dead in an encounter- grew when LeT man Abdul Razzak Masood, told the Delhi police in 2005 that the terrorist was indeed alive. There was another false alarm in 2006 when Kenyan authorities were reported to have arrested Tunda. But the arrested person turned out to be someone else.

''Tunda is the main accused in the 43 lowintensity blasts which rocked Mumbai and Hyderabad in the mid-90s. He was said to be the man behind the seven blasts on trains on December 6, 1993, exactly a year after the Babri mosque demolition,'' says an officer. ''Tunda learnt and later taught the art of bombmaking to his men. He used potassium chlorate and ammonium nitrate to make explosives,'' said an investigating officer. Cops say that Pilkhuwa has around 1,000 dyeing units where these chemicals are used and are easily available. Tunda made use of these chemicals and manufactured low-intensity bombs.

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