Twenty-three years after Abdul Malik parted ways with his brother,alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba bomb-maker Abdul Karim Tunda,the two came face to face again last week.
All these years,68-year-old Malik and his children,who have faced a tough time with the security agencies,blamed Tunda for their misfortunes. Malik thought if he ever met his brother,he would seek answers from him.
But when they finally met at the Lodhi Colony Special Cell office,neither Malik nor Tunda could utter any words. After ten minutes,officials felt it was best to take Tunda back to his cell.
Interestingly,it was Tunda who had requested to meet Malik,who leads a quiet life in Uttar Pradeshs Pilkhuwa district.
Malik had a falling out with Tunda in 1991 after which he left the house. One year later,Malik came to know of his brothers involvement in several blasts.
Later,having believed rumours of Tundas death in Pakistan,Malik never expected to hear from him again. But on the morning of August 17,a local stringer visited his house to inform him about the arrest of his brother,who is believed to have been involved in at least forty bomb blasts across the country.
Special Cell sleuths had a hard time convincing Malik to meet his estranged brother. For two days after he was told about Tundas request,Malik refused to meet him,saying he had tarnished the family name. But after days of convincing,he relented and took a bus to the capital.
Though his family members were curious to meet Tunda terrorist chacha,Malik decided to go alone.
But the meeting was more subdued than expected.
Their meeting lasted only ten minutes. It happened in the presence of their lawyer. The two stood there,but did not say anything, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell),Sanjeev Yadav,said.
Meanwhile,a city court on Tuesday sent Tunda to five-day police custody. The police,in their remand application,claimed they needed to take him to Karnataka and West Bengal.