New Delhi: Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda`s two aides, who had allegedly helped in iniltration of Pakistani and Bangladeshi terrorists in India in 1997 to carry out terror strikes, were on Monday remanded to seven days police custody by a Delhi court.
Tunda`s aide Allauddin and Mohd Basiruddin were produced before the court from separate prisons from West Bengal in pursuance to production warrants issued against them and Special Cell of Delhi Police sought their seven days custodial interrogation in connection with the case.
The police told the court that Allauddin and Basiruddin had met Tunda in 1994 through another accused Mohd Zakaria and they joined the banned terror outfit LeT through Tunda and started working with them.
"They (Allauddin and Basiruddin) further disclosed that they, along with Mohd Zakaria and Moulvi Nizam, helped accused Abdul Karim Tunda in illegally crossing/infiltration of Pakistani and Bangladeshi terrorists from Indo-Bangladesh border. Accordingly, both the accused persons were arrested in the present case," the police said.
Seeking their custodial interrogation, it said they were to be confronted with Zakaria and Tunda, who are already in their custody, to "unearth the whole conspiracy which resulted in more than two dozens of blasts in Delhi and adjoining states i.E. Haryana and UP."
After hearing the submissions, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Bansal remanded both the accused to police custody till September 30.
The police also said "places at India-Bangladesh border, from where accused persons Allauddin and Mohd Basiruddin along with accused Mohd Zakaria had infiltrated the Pakistani and Bangladeshi terrorists in India, are to be identified and pointed out in West Bengal."
Zakaria, who is the father-in-law of Tunda, is in police custody till September 26 while Tunda is in custody till September 28 in connection with a 1997 bomb blast case lodged against him here.
During the proceedings, the police told the court that during his custodial interrogation, Tunda had also disclosed about the involvement of Zakaria, Allauddin and Basiruddin in the case.
These arrested persons are accused of helping Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals, who were involved in various terror strikes in 1997 in India, to infiltrate into India.
Tunda was arrested from Indo-Nepal border at Banbasa on August 16. He was earlier remanded in police custody for questioning in connection with 37 bomb blast cases across the country.
A number of Pakistani nationals and others were arrested in 1998 in connection with 37 bomb blasts.
Police had told the court that the blasts had taken place in 1997 in Delhi and adjoining areas and 20 cases had been registered.
Tunda is one of the 20 terrorists India had asked Pakistan government to hand over after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. He is suspected to be involved in 40 bombings in the country. He is the first on the list to be arrested.
Police had earlier told the court that two Bangladeshi nationals Abdul and Mati-ur-Rehman were arrested on February 27, 1998 and one hand grenade each was recovered from them.
During interrogation, they had admitted to their roles in terror strikes and said it was Tunda who had helped them infiltrate into India.
During investigation, 11 others, including Pakistani nationals, were also arrested. They are Mohd Amir Khan, Mohd Shakeel, Abdul Baqi, Abdul Rehman, Maqsood Ahmed, Mohd Azaz, Mohd Husain, Himam Sheikh, Mohd Umar, Mohd Safiqul and Abdul Qasim.