An adept bomb-maker in his heyday before advancing age turned him into a quasi-religious leader-cum-motivator, Syed Abdul Karim alias Tunda is suspected to be behind the mass circulation of a controversial, jehadi video clip in Pakistan.
The video intends to exhort the Pakistani youth to join a ‘holy war for the rights of their Muslim Rohingya brothers’. It was circulated among central intelligence agencies after being found on the mobile phones of three, young Pakistani men at the Indo-Nepal border in early June.
“They were aged between 21 and 25 years and were crossing over on valid travel documents. We just questioned them as per routine,” said an IB official.
“When we went through their mobile phones, however, we found a video containing several bits of instances of violent outbursts against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar stitched together in a manner intended to incite religious outrage.”
The trio was questioned about the source of the said video and claimed that it had been ‘forcefully’ added to their phones by a cleric at a popular mosque in Lahore. The location of the said mosque is close to Tunda’s small perfumery and garments shops.
“During questioning, Tunda has admitted that he had been sent to the country to train both Rohingya and Indian Mujahideen operatives for putting together bombs after several IEDs used in both the Pune and Bodh Gaya blasts failed to detonate,” the official said.According to information shared with them by the R&AW, senior members of the Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) are currently consolidating their cadre base in Indonesia.