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Delhi court sends Tunda to 14 day judicial custody

PTI  New Delhi, August 24, 2013
First Published: 15:20 IST(24/8/2013) | Last Updated: 17:53 IST(24/8/2013)

Top Lashkar-e-Toiba bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda, who has been admitted to the AIIMS for special cardiac care, was today sent to 14 days' judicial custody by a Delhi court.

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A magistrate visited Tunda in hospital and remanded him to custody till September 7. Tunda was scheduled to be produced before the court today after expiry of his four-day police custody. He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) yesterday for special cardiac care.

Tunda, 70, who was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border last Friday, was admitted to Safdurjung hospital on August 22 after he complained of chest pain. However, keeping in view the specialised care and security concerns, he was shifted to AIIMS the next day and admitted in the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit.

A Delhi court on August 20 had remanded Tunda to four day police custody for questioning him in connection with 37 bomb blast cases across the country. The police had told the court that Tunda was a declared proclaimed offender in a case of recovery of explosive substances lodged in 1994 at south Delhi's Malviya Nagar police station under the provisions of stringent anti-terror law TADA.

During the proceedings, which had been held in-camera, after a lawyer interrupted it, Tunda had told the court that he was "innocent" as he had not motivated anyone to kill women and children by exploding bombs. Tunda is one of 20 terrorists India had asked the Pakistan government to hand over after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and is suspected to be involved in 40 bombings in the country. He is the first in the list to be arrested. According to Delhi Police, he is wanted for his role in 1993 Mumbai serial train blasts, Delhi bomb blasts of 1997-98 and serial bombings in the state of UP and also at Panipat, Sonepat, Ludhiana and Hyderabad.

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