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Sat Singh, Hindustan Times
ROHTAK, August 17, 2013
The Sonepat police are planning to bring Abdul Karim Tunda, Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative, to Haryana in connection with two bomb blasts that rocked the state in December 1996. Tunda, an expert bomb maker of the terrorist outfit, was arrested by the Delhi Police on Friday from the India-Nepal border in connection with at least 33 criminal cases registered against him.

Tunda had been marked as a proclaimed offender in the Sonepat police records after two members of his gang were held for planting a bomb at Baba Cinema and Gulshan Sweets at Geeta Chowk in Sonepat 17 years ago.

Satish Kumar, deputy superintendent of police (headquarters), Sonepat, said: "We will seek Tunda's production warrant in court and bring him to Sonepat in connection with the 1996 bomb blasts."

Kumar said: "Though no loss of life was reported due to low intensity of the bombs, more than 20 persons had sustained injuries."

He said formalities related to the case had been completed by the police on priority basis and Tunda was likely to be brought to the district soon.

Tunda's role in the blasts was established during the police investigations after two of his accomplices - Gaziabad-based Mohammad Alam and Amir Khan - were arrested by the Sonepat police, but the file was closed after making him a proclaimed offender in 1998.

Sources said besides Sonepat, Tunda was involved in bomb blasts at Panipat and Rohtak as well in late 1990s.