Terrorist Tunda Aressted From Nepal

Posted: अगस्ट 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

SANJEEV KUMAR YADAV
Deputy Commissioner of Poldpolice
Special Cell, New Delhi.

Abdul Karim @ Tunda is one of India’s Most Wanted Terrorist and an important Indian in the Lashkar-e-Taiba who had been living and operating out of Pakistan since long in coordinating and master minding several terrorist strikes carried out by this terrorist organization on the Indian soil. He was arrested on Banwasa – Mehendarnagar border with Nepal at 3 pm on 16/08/2013 and brought to Delhi by road. He was carrying a Pakistani Passport No AC 4413161 issued on 23 January, 2013 in the name of Abdul Quddus.

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Abdul Karim Tunda was born in 1943 at Chatta Lal Miya, behind Delite Cinema, Daryaganj, Delhi. His father was a metal worker who used to do ‘dhallai’ i.e. melting and molding of Copper, Zinc & Aluminium. Soon after his birth, his father along with his family had shifted to their native village in Bazaar Khurd, Railway Road, Pilkhua, Ghaziabad, UP. Abdul Karim Tunda worked as a carpenter, scarp dealer and cloth merchant till he attained the age of 40 years before becoming a radicalized jehadi militant. His younger brother Abdul Malik (a carpenter) is reportedly the only immediate family member alive in India.

Abdul Karim Tunda is a well known LeT explosive expert/terrorist wanted for his role in 1993 Mumbai serial train blasts, Delhi bomb blasts of 1997-98 and serial bombings in the state of Uttar Pradesh and also at Panipat, Sonepat, Ludhiana, Hyderabad etc. Tunda is reportedly also wanted in several cases of serial blasts in trains in Hyderabad, Gulbarga, Surat and Lucknow on December 5 & 6, 1993. The Pakistan trained Laskar-e-Taiba terrorists, belonging to Pakistan and Bangladesh, on the instructions of Abdul Karim @ Tunda had carried out 24 explosions in Delhi, 5 in Haryana and 3 explosions in U.P.

Abdul Karim @ Tunda is one of India’s Most Wanted Terrorist and his name figures in the list of top 20 terrorists. He is wanted in 21 terrorist cases in Delhi that were committed in 1994 and in 1996-1998. Tunda had trained young indoctrinated youths in preparing bombs with locally available materials i.e. Urea, Nitric acid, potassium chloride, nitrobenzene and sugar and planting them at crowded places to cause maximum casualties.

Nicknamed Tunda for handicapped left arm (sustained in the course of bomb-making) is closely associated with Lashkar-e-Tayaba (LeT)/ISI in Pakistan. Tunda, in early 1980s, was initiated into terrorism by the ISI. In March 1985, while Abdul Karim was in Mumbai in connection with his trade, there were communal riots in Bhiwandi. Abdul Karim’s left hand got severed in an accident while he was preparing a bomb and this later earned him the feared nickname ‘Tunda’. In Mumbai, Abdul Karim Tunda met and befriended one Dr. Jalees Ansari, r/o Mumbai. Both Abdul Karim and Dr. Jalees Ansari constituted their own Tanzeem namely ‘Tanzeem Islah-ul-Muslimeen’ – ‘Islamic Armed Organization/ Organization for the Improvement of Muslims’. Another top LeT militant, Azam Ghouri, had joined the Tanzeem floated by Ahl-e-Hadis to avenge the Babri Masjid demolition incident.

Abdul Karim Tunda and his associate Jalees Ansari had, in 1993, set off a series of explosions in Mumbai and Hyderabad and seven separate bomb blasts on trains. After Jalees’s arrest in January 1994, Tunda fled to Dhaka, Bangladesh. In Dhaka, Tunda started imparting training to jehadi elements in bomb making. He also stayed in Pakistan, where he is known to have imparted training on fabrication of lED and other explosives to Mujahids, who are sent to India from Pakistan for Jehad.

He returned from Dhaka to India to mastermind the deadly 1996-1998 blasts. In almost all the blasts in Delhi during 1996-98, Tunda’s men, who were from Pakistan and Bangladesh, had detonated bombs using pencil batteries. The most devastating of these blasts was in a crowded private bus at Punjabi Bagh in Delhi in December 1997. The blast occurred when the bus, running between Ajmeri Gate and Nangloi, reached Rampura in Punjabi Bagh, killing four commuters and injuring 24 others. He was the mastermind of the series of bomb blasts in New Delhi, Panipat, Sonepat, Ludhiana, Kanpur and Varanasi between December 1996 and January 1998.

Subsequently, Tunda had reportedly fled to Pakistan via Bangladesh, from his home in Ghaziabad (1998). The breakthrough for the police came with the arrest (February, 1998) of Tunda’s two Bangladeshi ‘students’, Mato-ur Rehman and Akbar alias Haroon, from Sadar Bazar railway station, New Delhi. Delhi Police later arrested 24 other members of the module, including Tunda’s confidants, Kamran and Shakeel.

The hunt for Tunda had temporarily died down in 2000 when it was believed that Tunda had been killed in a blast in Bangladesh. Meanwhile, Tunda’s continuing involvement came to notice in August 2005 when Abdul Razzak Masood, an alleged LeT chief coordinator in Dubai (UAE), arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi police, disclosed that Tunda was alive and he had met him in Lahore in December, 2003.

Tunda has been declared a ‘proclaimed offender’ in the cases pending against him for the 1996-98 serial blasts.

In 2008, when India had demanded the Pakistani government to turn over 20 most wanted terrorists to demonstrate its seriousness about fighting terrorism after the 26/11 attack on Mumbai, Abdul Karim Tunda @ Abdul Quddooss had a prominent place in it. This list includes persons like Laskhar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Mohd Saeed, Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar, mafia don and terror kingpin Dawood Ibrahim amongst others.

Of late Abdul Karim Tunda (LeT) had tried to cause serial explosions in India in 2010, just before Commonwealth Games, New Delhi using an elaborate network of FICN/Human Traffickers active in Bangladesh. However, some of his men were arrested by police in the process, while others are still absconding.

Abdul Karim Tunda had also been associated with Rohingyan operatives in the past. His association with Rehan @ Zafar (LeT Commander), Azam Cheema @ Babajee (LeT Commander) is well known. Abdul Karim Tunda is known to and worked with Hafiz Saeed, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Wadhawa Singh, Ratandeep Singh, Karachi based IM absconders, Abdul Aziz @ Bada Sajid and others. He is well known to Dawood Ibrahim.

The government has decided to promote Nepal Army (NA)’s five colonels, including Raju Basnet, implicated in forced disappearances of 49 Maoist cadres from Bhairavnath battalion during the insurgency, to the post of brigadier general, on Thursday.

A cabinet meeting held in Singha Durbar took a decision to this effect. Various national and international human rights organizations had been piling pressure against Basnet’s promotion citing his alleged role in the torture and disappearance cases.

As per the cabinet decision, the four other colonels are Prabhu Ram Sharma, Bijaya Dhowj Karki, Samir Shahi and Subarna Mahat.

Likewise, the meeting has also decided to promote six lieutenant colonels including Baburam Shrestha Arun Kumar Pal, Pradip Jaung KC, Santosh Dhakal and Niraj Paudel to the post of colonel

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UN concerned over request to promote Nepalese military officer implicated in rights abuses

The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern over a reported request by the Nepalese Army to the Government to promote a senior military officer, Colonel Raju Basnet, implicated in serious crimes and human rights abuses.

“We urge the Government of Nepal to ensure that no further decisions regarding extension in tenures or promotions of officials implicated in such cases are taken until the completion of full, transparent and impartial investigations,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human rights (OHCHR), Rupert Colville, told reporters in Geneva.

“Lack of accountability for army officials implicated in alleged past human rights violations not only damages the credibility of the Nepal Army but also sends a public message that undermines the rule of law in Nepal,” he added.

On 26 May 2006, OHCHR released the report of its investigation into the alleged arbitrary detention, torture and disappearance of persons at Maharajgunj Barracks, in Nepal, between 2003 and 2004. During the investigation, OHCHR received consistent, credible and corroborated testimony of arbitrary detention, torture and disappearances.

“Most of the hundreds of individuals who were arrested by the RNA [Nepal Army] in 2003 and detained for varying periods in Maharajgunj barracks were subjected to severe and prolonged ill-treatment and torture,” the report stated.

Throughout this period the barracks were under the control of the Bhairabnath Battalion, commanded by then-Lieutenant Colonel Raju Basnet – for whom the country’s military has reportedly requested a promotion to the rank of Brigadier-General.

Mr. Colville said that the human rights community, including the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal and OHCHR, has “repeatedly called for a credible, competent, impartial and fully independent investigation into the alleged violations committed in Maharajgunj Barracks and other similar incidents.”

He noted that the international community has also recommended that State personnel against whom there are credible allegations of involvement in human rights violations be suspended pending proper investigations.

Nepal air crash: UK investigators head to Kathmandu

Posted: सेप्टेम्बर 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

The Guardian

Air Accidents Investigation Branch says it will send staff to look into accident that killed 19 passengers, including seven Britons

Jo Adetunji, Caroline Davies, Jason Burke in Delhi and Ishwar Rauniyar in Kathmandu

Air accident investigators from the UK are heading to Nepal to investigate the plane crash that killed seven Britons on Friday.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said it was sending two staff to Kathmandu to assist local authorities looking into the accident, which killed all 19 passengers shortly after takeoff from Kathmandu airport.

The Britons, who were on a trekking holiday, were among those killed after the twin-engine propeller Dorier plane crashed in a field.

Initial reports suggested the plane had possibly hit a large bird but pilot error or a malfunction are now being investigated. Ratish Chandra Suman, an official from Tribhuvan international airport, said the pilot had reported trouble two minutes after takeoff and appeared to have been trying to turn back to the airport.

The plane crashed on the bank of the Manohara river at 6.18am on Friday in clear weather and witnesses said the plane was already on fire before it hit the ground.

Tributes were paid to the group of Britons, who included the lawyer Ben Ogden, 27, from Buckingham, an Oxford University graduate who worked for the international law firm Allen & Overy. He was on the Everest Base Camp trip to celebrate just having qualified. The firm said the young lawyer, who lived in London, “had an incredibly promising career ahead of him”.

The Britons, named by the local travel company Sherpa Adventures, also included Timothy Oakes, 57, a married father and secondary school adviser for Lancashire county council. He loved mountaineering and was on the trip of a lifetime with an old school friend, his distraught wife, Angie Gaunt, said at the family home in Winwick, Cheshire. She added: “He was going because he always wanted to see Everest. If you love the mountains, it is the ultimate.”

His travelling companion was Stephen Holding, 60, a retired teacher from the village of Barlaston, Staffordshire, who was also a keen mountaineer, according to Keith Finney, brother of his wife, Maggie.

“My sister just wants to say Stephen had gone out on a trip of a lifetime. He had been planning the trip for 18 months and was with a lifetime friend,” he said.

Another victim, Raymond Eagle, 58, a keen fell runner, from Macclesfield, who lived alone, worked for Cheshire East council as a support worker for disabled people. His neighbour Pauline Girdwood said he was very active and ran every day. “This was the sort of thing he did. He did go trekking, he was a fell runner and very, very active in outdoor activities.”

Vincent Kelly, 50, and his brother Darren, 45, were also part of the group, who arrived in Nepal on Wednesday and were due to begin a three-week trek in the Khumbu region around Mount Everest on Friday.

Darren Kelly, a property developer and businessman living in the Isle of Whithorn in Dumfries and Galloway, was originally from Bolton but had moved to the village in recent years, where he renovated property for holiday lets. The vice-chairman of a local diving club, he was described by residents as a “first-class guy” who was active in the community. The club’s treasurer, Chris Harrison said: “He’ll be a great loss to the club but mostly to his wife and family. He was a dynamic and enthusiastic person.”

Vincent Kelly, a company director of Lostock, Bolton, was a “most prolific” and “well respected” supporter of Bolton Lads & Girls Club – raising funds to replace its Astroturf by cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End – said the club in a statement. “There aren’t enough words to describe just how wonderful Vincent was – a dedicated family man with a generous heart of gold who was a perfect role model for all,” said Mark Brocklehurst, a member of the club’s board.

The seventh Briton to die was named as Christopher Davey, 51, believed to be from Northampton.

The group were travelling with the Hampshire-based company Explore Worldwide, which said in a statement it was “devastated by this news”.

All those on board the plane, operated by the domestic airline Sita Air and bound for Lukla, died

The victims included five tourists believed to be from China, four Nepalese passengers, including Explore’s local tour guide, and the crew.

Aviation accidents involving small aircraft are not uncommon in mountainous Nepal. In September 2011, 19 people including 16 tourists were killed when a Buddha Air flight crashed on a similar route.

In August 2010, 14 passengers including four Americans, a Briton and a Japanese national were killed after a plane heading to the Everest region crashed as a result of bad weather. In December 2010, all 22 passengers were killed when another plane came down.

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Among dead are 7 Nepalis, 7 Britons, 5 Chinese nationals

Posted: सेप्टेम्बर 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

A Sita Air aircraft bound to Lukla from Kathmandu crashed on the bank of Manohara River in Bhaktapur on Friday morning, killing all19 people, including three crew members, on board.

According to deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Narayan Bastakoti of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the most of the passengers include foreign nationals. The mishap occurred at around 6:20 am.

The Dornier 9NAHA615 , on a scheduled fight, met with the accident moments after it took off from the airport. A TIA official said the aircraft caught fire after being hit by a flying bird. TIA General Manager Ratish Chandra Lal Suman, however, said no cause has been confirmed yet.

Rescue workers including police, Nepal Army personnel and fire brigades, reached the incident site, some 50 meters away from the runway, immediately after the crash. However, It took 40 minutes for the firefighters to extinguish the fire.

The charred and severed bodies of the victims have been recovered from the wreckage of the aircraft.

According to Sita Air, among the dead passengers are seven Britons and five Chinese nationals and four Nepalis.

The airline also confirmed that the deceased Nepali passengers are L N Sharma, Ms. NK Tamang, D Rai and Kumar Magar. A Nepal Armyman, Magar had boarded the plane without the ticket.

The three crew members so far have been identified as Captain Bijaya Tandukar, Co-Captain T. Thapa and airhostess Roja Shakya.

According to police, the 12 foreign nationals dead in the incident so far identified are R Eagle, C Davey, V Kelly, T Dakksy, S Holding, B Ogden, K Ollnning Mingwu and Ms Woling.

Tulasa Pokharel, an eyewitness whose house is located meters away from the incident site, said she saw the plane with black smoke landing on an open space on the bank of the river.

“That time I could hear some people inside the plane wailing and screaming. When we went to inform the police and other locals about the incident and came back, there was just silence. We saw the plane burning and all of them dead,” she recounted.

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Man behind IC-814 hijack held in J&K

Posted: सेप्टेम्बर 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


Top militant commander Mehraj-ud-din Dand, wanted for his involvement in the 1999 hijacking of flight IC-814 to Kandahar and other terror attacks, has been arrested from an undisclosed location on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, a senior police official said Thursday.

In what is described as a major catch, Mehraj-ud-din, suspected to be involved in many militancy related incidents in India and abroad and amongst the oldest surviving militants, was arrested Wednesday night.

Mehraj-ud-din was nabbed after police got inputs that he was on his way back from Nepal and was on his way to Kashmir valley from the national highway connecting Jammu and Srinagar.

“We nabbed him at a location we cannot disclose at yet,” the official told IANS on condition of anonymity.

It is believed that he was going to Kashmir as militancy was declining and needed to be revived. “His arrest is a severe blow to militancy and efforts to revive it,” a police official said.

Mehraj-ud-din, who belongs to the north Kashmir town of Sopore, joined militancy in 1990. “He participated in action and wielded gun up to 1995 after which he joined elite ranks, which involved planning, arranging logistics and handling militant activities,” the official said.

After 1995, he was mostly operating from Pakistan and Nepal. Police describe him as the most wanted and oldest militant, “involved in a number of militancy related activities both in India and outside”.

“Mehraj-ud-din was main person who arranged for all the logistics for carrying out the Kandahar hijacking. He facilitated the entry of five masked men into the aircraft with guns, knives and grenades and arranged finances for all this,” an official said.

Mehrajud-din was taking care of planning and finances. “He was like the top boss giving directions and arranging logistics.”

On Dec 24, 1999, IC-814, with 176 passengers on board, was hijacked by five Pakistani militants and forced to land in three different airports — Amritsar, Lahore, and Dubai – before being taken to Kandahar, the bastion of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. In Dubai, Rupin Katyal, one of the passengers, was fatally stabbed by the hijackers.

The aircraft had to spend a week on the tarmac in Kandahar before terrorists were swapped for the hostages.

सर्वोच्च अदालतले पूर्वमन्त्री रामचन्द्र झाको सक्कल नागरिकता दिने तत्कालीन प्रमुख जिल्ला अधिकारीको पत्रसहित अदालतमा लिखित जवाफ पठाउन आदेश दिएको छ।

२०६५ सालमा स्थानीय विकास मन्त्री भएका झा भारतिय नागरिक भएको भन्दै उनको मन्त्री पद र नागरिकताविरुद्ध परेको रिटमा सर्वोच्चले यस्तो आदेश दिएको हो। धनुषा सिगीमाहि गरान गाविसका देवचन्द्र यादवले २०६५ माघ ३ गते सर्वोच्चमा दर्ता गरेको रिटमा पूर्वमन्त्री झाको सक्कल नागरिकताको कपि अदालतमा बुझाउन न्यायाधीशद्वय भरतराज उप्रेती र भरतबहादुर कार्कीको संयुक्त इजलासले यस्तो आदेश दिएको हो।

पूर्वमन्त्री झाका बुवा पुलकित झा र बाँकी चारजनै दाजुभाई भारतिय नागरिक भएको बेला झाले २०४५ साल चैत ५ गते धनुषा जिल्ला प्रशासन कार्यालयबाट बंशजको आधारमा नागरिकता दिएको रिटमा दाबी गरिएको छ। तत्कालीन सिडियो रामचन्द्र महर्जनले दिलाएको नागरिकता प्रमाणपत्रको सक्कल समेत अदालतले धनुषा जिल्ला प्रशासन कार्यालयबाट मगाएको छ। रिटमा यादवले दाबी गरे अनुसार झाको स्थायी ठेगाना भारतको मधुवनी जिल्ला करुणा पंचायत हो। झा १९९२ को नेपालको भोटर लिष्टमा ६२४ क्रम संख्या रहेका झाको १९९५ को मधुवनी ग्राम पंचायत करुणा निर्वाचन क्षेत्र मा ३०१ भोटर लिष्ट भएको रिटमा दाबी गरिएको छ।

पूर्वमन्त्री झाका भाई मदन झा पनि २०४५ सालमा बंशजको आधारमा नागरिकता लिए पनि पछि २०५७ साल फागुन १ गते फेरी भारतीय नागरिकता लिएको रिटमा उल्लेख छ। भारतीय नागरिक भई नेपालको मन्त्री हुँदा त्यसले देशको स्वतन्त्रता र सार्वभौमिकता नहुने भन्दै पूर्वमन्त्री झाको नागरिकता बदरको रिटमा माग गरिएको छ।

‘बाबु नेपाली नागरिक नभएको अवस्थामा छोरा वंशजको आधारमा नागरिक हुन सक्ने/नसक्ने के हो? नागरिकता बदरको जाहेरी परेको अवस्थामा यस्ता आरोपित नेपालका मन्त्री पदमा रहँदा सरकार मागहतको निकायले अनुसन्धान गर्नसक्छ सक्दैन भने संवैधानिक कानुनी प्रश्न निरुपण गरियोस्,’ रिटमा छ, ‘जिल्ला प्रशासन कार्यालय धनुषाबाट २०४५ सालमा दिएको वंशजको नागरिकता बदर गरी निजलाई नागरिकता ऐन २०२० अनुसार कारबाही गर्नु भन्ने परमादेश वा अन्य जो चाहिने आदेश जारी गरि पाउँ।’

२००८ सालमा झाले मधुवनीको जग्गा बिक्रि गर्दा आफू भारतीय नागरिक भएको उल्लेख गरेको रिटमा दाबी गरिएको छ।

Two nabbed with heroin in Chitwan

Posted: सेप्टेम्बर 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

RAMESH KUMAR POUDEL
Police arrested two persons with illegal drugs heroin in Jagatpur VDC of Chitwan district on Saturday afternoon.

According to police, Sagar Rai,35, of Jagatpur VDC and Sabin Giri,19, of Kalyanpur VDC were nabbed with 35 grams of heroin while they were heading towards Narayanghat.

While taking to the press, Giri confessed that he had bought the heroine for himself at Thori. Meanwhile, Rai claimed that he was unaware that Giri was carrying heroin. “Though I gave him lift on my motorbike, I had no idea he was carrying heroin,” said Rai.

Police however, rejected Rai´s claim.

“We believe these two are just the peddlers. We will try to catch the main suppliers by interrogating them,” said DSP Rabi Poudel during the press meet.