Mumbai, Aug. 17: Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh on Saturday praised Delhi Police for arresting Dawood Ibrahim aide Abdul Karim Tunda, but simultaneously said Dawood has many close aides in different areas of work.
Singh further said that if Tunda is wanted for interrogation in any of the cases filed by the Mumbai Police, including the case related to the 1993 serial blasts, Mumbai Police would approach their Delhi counterparts for his transfer to the city.
“It cannot be said that Abdul Karim Tunda is the only aide of Dawood Ibrahim. Dawood has many close aides in different areas of his work. But Abdul Karim Tunda is definitely an important man in this syndicate and I appreciate the work of Delhi Police,” he said.
“As far as the Mumbai police is concerned, if he is wanted in any of the cases, be the 93 case or any other case, the Mumbai police will get him here from Delhi and proceed with interrogations,” he added.
Earlier in the day, while addressing media, Special Commissioner of the Delhi Police Special Cell S N Srivastava said that Tunda has been sent to three days police custody and added that the police had got information about his whereabouts from central intelligence agencies.
“Tunda has also worked with most wanted terrorist Azam Chima, Zaki Ur Raheman Lakhvi, Hafiz Saeed and Bada Sahib, and was also associated with Dawood Ibrahim, Iindia’s most wanted terrorist,” he said.
Srivastava also informed that the top LeT terrorist had planned to carry out a blast in Delhi ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2010, but could not succeed, as his aides were arrested.
Tunda was born in Delhi and later shifted to Pilakhuan, a village in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad District.
Tunda turned into a Jehadi militant at the age of 40. He is said to have had a role in the 1993 Bombay blasts as well as in bomb explosion incidents in Ludhiana, Hyderabad, Sonepat, Panipat and Surat.
The Delhi Police has named Tunda as an accused 21 terror cases and claims that his role was also to provoke Muslim youth and to train them to make IED. He is known to be an expeert in the making of bombs with the help of Uria nitrci acid, and other chemicals.
Delhi Police is also claiming that he was in touch with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
In 2008, India had sent a list of most wanted terrorists to Pakistan which included the name of Tunda.
Tunda, 65, was arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police from the India-Nepal Border late on Friday night. (ANI)