He has been wielding influence in Lashkar recruitment, say Delhi police

In yet another revelation, Abdul Karim Tunda, alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba ideologue, has said that back in Pakistan he was in regular touch with the former Inter-Services Intelligence chief, Hamid Gul. Till recently he maintained links with several other Pakistani intelligence officials also to garner support for terror activities in India.

“LeT is virtually an arm of Pakistan’s ISI through which young men were recruited on a paltry monthly allowance of roughly Rs. 4,000 for conducting ground operations. Tunda, who was once a very powerful figure in the Lashkar hierarchy, still wielded influence when it came to making recruitments for the outfit. During interrogation, he has disclosed that he was in direct touch with Hamid Gul,” said a senior Special Cell officer of the Delhi Police.

Tunda has purportedly told the interrogators that during 1996-98, he sent his men to carry out blasts in and outside Delhi. “Since the CBI is investigating the case, it would interrogate Tunda to gather specific details. During questioning, Tunda has confessed to having masterminded the blasts triggered in 1996-98,” said the officer.

“Tunda has disclosed that certain incidents [riots] reported in 1984 perturbed him and he took to extremismTunda learnt to configure pipe-bombs during a visit to Tonk in Rajasthan after he attended a meeting of the Ahle-Hadees sect there in 1985,” said the officer.

The alleged LeT mastermind recounted his troubled childhood.

After his father passed away when he was in Class VII, his uncle took him to Kithore in Meerut on the pretext of helping him with further studies.

“However, he was forced to work at a wooden cart and wheel manufacturing unit for two years. Although his uncle claimed that his salary was being sent to his family in Pilakhua, which was earlier located in Ghaziabad district, he later discovered that his mother never received any money. His mother then brought him back to Pilakhua, following which Tunda tried his hand at various jobs, from carpentry, metal moulding to scrap dealing trade.