1996 Sonipat Blasts Accused, 75-Year-Old Abdul Karim Tunda Awarded Life Sentence

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| October 10 , 2017 , 15:52 IST

Alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative Abdul Karim alias Tunda, a trained bomb-expert who was named as the main accused in the 1996 Sonipat bomb blasts was pronounced life sentence on Tuesday by a court in Rohtak. A fine of Rs 1 lakh was also imposed on Karim.

The order was passed by Sushil Garg, the court of sessions judge, after 75-year-old Karim was pronounced guilty in the Sonipat bomb blasts case by a local court on Monday. Karim was found guilty under sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and section 3 (causing explosion likely to endanger life or property) of the Explosive Substances Act.

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On December 28, 1996, two blasts took place in Sonipat, at a crowded bus stand and a local sweet shop, within 10 minutes of each other, resulting in the injury of 12 people.

Suspected of being involved in 40 blast cases across the country, Karim was finally arrested by the Delhi Police from Banbasa near the India-Nepal border on August 16, 2013. His statements with respect to the Sonipat bomb blast case were recorded in September this year.

Initially, the police had registered a case against 3 persons in connection with the Sonipat blasts, namely Shakeel Ahmad, Mohammad Amir Khan and Abdul Karim. Ahmed and Khan were arrested in 1998 but were acquitted in 2002 by a Sonipat court due to lack of evidence.