'Tunda was in contact with ISI ex-chief'
The 70-year-old LeT bomb maker said that he had also met Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed on numerous occasions
Abdul Karim Tunda, who was arrested on Friday by Delhi Police from the India-Nepal border, was in direct contact with Hamid Gul, a retired lieutenant general of the Pakistan Army and former spymaster who was head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, police said. But, Gul denied Tunda’s allegation. “Tunda was directly in touch with former ISI chief Hamid Gul,” a police officer said.
Tunda first met with Gul in 1995 and was in regular touch with him till the end. Gul was director general of the ISI during 1987-89. Police said that besides Gul, Tunda, who is in police custody, was also in touch with other ISI officials who were instructing him to operate in India as he was well aware about the territory.
“Lashkar-e-Taiba is one of the Tanzeems (armed organisations) functioning under the ISI,” said the officer. Interrogators said that Tunda met Gul as well as Mumbai underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, more than six to seven times after 2000, and Hafiz Saeed, chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa. But was not able to give exact details about his meetings with Saeed.
‘Don’t know him’
But speaking to a news channel Gul denied the allegation made by Tunda. “I don’t know him. The man is a phony. Don’t waste time on him. I have no idea why he is naming me and giving my connection with Dawood Ibrahim etc ... It is totally wrong,” said Gul. “I am hearing this Tunda name ... which is so strange,” said Gul.
Delhi Police said Tunda has also told investigators that he was in touch with the ISI agents who were operating in India in the fake currency racket.
“He recognised a few names,” said an investigator. Police said, Tunda, an expert in bomb formation, was also involved in circulation of fake currency in India. “He made frequent visits to Bangladesh and Nepal for indoctrinating the Muslim youths for jihad,” said the officer.
Tunda was arrested by the Delhi police Special cell on Aug 16 from Nepal border. Police claimed he was involved in more than 40 bombing cases across India.
Tunda’s terror trail
>> March 1993: Mumbai serial bombings on March 12 left over 250 dead.
>> Between Dec 5-6, 1993: He also carried out seven blasts in trains in Hyderabad, Gulbarga in Karnataka, Surat in Gujarat and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh.
>> December 1996-98: Blasts in New Delhi, Panipat and Sonipat in Haryana, Ludhiana in Punjab and Kanpur and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
>> October 2010: Police say Tunda tried to cause serial explosions in India in 2010, ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games