SIMI activist Abdul Haleem Pathan, 43, has reportedly confessed his links with Abdul Karim ‘Tunda’ a Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist, who is known for his expertise in bomb-making. Now, Ahmedabad’s Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) officials suspect that Haleem may have played a role in the serial blasts in Ahmedabad and have placed him on police remand till August 10.
The DCB had earlier arrested Haleem in connection with an old case of waging a war against the state and for recruiting Gujarat’s disgruntled riot-affected youth into terrorist camps across the border for training, immediately after the riots in 2002.
Joint Commissioner of Police Ashish Bhatia said: “Haleem has confessed his links with Tunda, who was earlier associated with the Ahle Hadees mosque as a maulana in Danilimda area. However, after Tunda’s departure from Ahmedabad, Haleem took over his responsibilities at the mosque.”
Tunda’s whereabouts are not known, although it is likely that he was killed in a gunbattle in Dhaka in November 2003. However, he has featured prominently on the most-wanted list of the police, with the Government announcing a reward of Rs 10 lakhs on his head.