During his stay in Pakistan, Abdul Karim alias Tunda was in touch with members of almost all anti-India forces present there and his three key skills — bomb manufacturing abilities, motivating power and ability to leverage a well-spread network in India — catapulted him to become one of the most trusted ideologues of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Delhi Police said following his interrogation on Sunday, a day after securing his custody from a court. The police, however, added that all claims made by the “most wanted” fugitive were being verified. So far, the police have not disclosed why and how he reached the Indo-Nepal border from where he was arrested two days ago.

“His value to the terror module as an expert bomb maker had dwindled with the passage of time and emergence of more such manufacturers but the other two traits were crucial in motivating young men to join a number of madrasas in Karachi that he runs under the name ofMehdud-Taleem-Islam-e-Dar-Al-Funoon.