Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh on Saturday said the arrest of Abdul Karim Tunda would give India access to a bulk of intelligence, and added that the Centre will take strong action against all those trying to weaken the country.
"I understand that he was in the list of the 20 'most wanted'. I congratulate the Delhi Police and the central intelligence agencies for capturing a pivotal terrorist. With this arrest, we will get access to a bulk of intelligence. In particular, he was not only involved in the bomb blasts but he also passed on the message to others about the bombs through the LeT," said Singh.
"Additionally, he started the sleeper cells. Recently, he also started fake currency notes in the country. Because of him, India is not only being attacked through bullets and violence, but our economy is also being attacked because of fake currency notes," he said.
Singh further said: "Our fight is against terrorists, terrorism and anybody who is trying to weaken this country. Our Government will take appropriate and strong action against these people and we will go the full stretch in doing it."
Earlier in the day, while addressing media, Special Commissioner of the Delhi Police Special Cell S. N. Srivastava said that Tunda has been sent to three days police custody and added that the police had got information about his whereabouts from central intelligence agencies.
"Tunda has also worked with most wanted terrorist Azam Chima, Zaki Ur Raheman Lakhvi, Hafiz Saeed and Bada Sahib, and was also associated with Dawood Ibrahim, Iindia's most wanted terrorist," he said.
Srivastava also informed that the top LeT terrorist had planned to carry out a blast in Delhi ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2010, but could not succeed, as his aides were arrested.
Tunda was born in Delhi and later shifted to Pilakhuan, a village in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad District.
Tunda turned into a Jehadi militant at the age of 40. He is said to have had a role in the 1993 Bombay blasts as well as in bomb explosion incidents in Ludhiana, Hyderabad, Sonepat, Panipat and Surat.
The Delhi Police has named Tunda as an accused 21 terror cases and claims that his role was also to provoke Muslim youth and to train them to make IED. He is known to be an expeert in the making of bombs with the help of Uria nitrci acid, and other chemicals.
Delhi Police is also claiming that he was in touch with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence ( ISI ).
In 2008, India had sent a list of most wanted terrorists to Pakistan which included the name of Tunda.
Tunda, 65, was arrested by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police from the India-Nepal Border late on Friday night. (ANI)