Uttar Pradesh to seek Tunda transit,to try him in four cases

Chargesheeted by the UP Crime Branch in four criminal cases while being on the run,the UP Police is planning to bring Lashkar-e-Toiba operative Syed Abdul Karim alias Tunda to the state try him in all the four cases,including the 1997 Frontier Mail bomb blast

Lucknow | Published: September 3, 2013 5:20 am

Chargesheeted by the UP Crime Branch in four criminal cases while being on the run,the UP Police is planning to bring Lashkar-e-Toiba operative Syed Abdul Karim alias Tunda to the state try him in all the four cases,including the 1997 Frontier Mail bomb blast.

The UP Police will soon file applications in Ghaziabad and Hapur courts for Tunda’s transit remand. Tunda (71),believed to be involved in 40 blasts across the country,was arrested by the Delhi Police on August 17 from the Nepal border.

The four cases for which the state police wants to try him include those under the Arms Act and the Explosives Substance Act,for which the police had filed the chargesheet in 1999 while Tunda was still on the run.

The Pilakhua police station in Hapur had registered cases against Tunda after a a joint team of Delhi and UP police raided his house at Ashok Nagar locality on January 14,1994,soon after the arrest of his associate,Dr Jalees Ansari. While the police could not catch Tunda,they recovered explosives,knife,cartridges and other objectionable items.

In the October 1,1997 blast on Frontier Mail that took place between Shahibad and Ghaziabad railway station in which two persons were killed,the UP Police’s CB-CID,which was investigating the case,filed the chargesheet against Mohammad Shakeel and Amir Khan in 1999. The agency chargesheeted Tunda,who had gone underground,in the blast case only in 2003.

Shakeel and Khan,who were then lodged in Delhi’s Tihar jail in another case,were brought to Ghaziabad and kept at Dasna Jail. On June 19,2009,Shakeel was found hanging from the ceiling of his high-security barrack.

While the jail officials claimed that the accused had committed suicide,Shakeel’s family maintained he was killed. The family then moved court on whose direction an FIR was lodged against the jail officials. The Special Investigating Cell of the Ghaziabad police are investigating the case.

Shakeel’s lawyer advocate Subhash Tyagi said the statement of Shakeel’s family has been recorded by the police. Advocate Tyagi,who was also Khan’s lawyer,said the court aquitted Amir around a year ago for lack of evidence.

MANISH SAHU

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