Hyderabad: Terror suspect Abdul Kareem Tunda accused of conspiring to carry out a series of blasts in the city in the late 90s was acquitted by a city court on 3 March after the prosecution failed to prove evidence against him in connection with the case.

The 80-year-old Syed Abdul Kareem alias Kareem Tunda is lodged at Central prison in Ghaziabad in connection with over 40 cases related to terror activities that have been lodged against him in different parts of the country. Tunda was not present in the court at the time of the judgement. His counsel submitted a petition informing the court that Tunda was in Ghaziabad prison. The court admitted it and pronounced the judgement in his absence.

Tunda was allegedly a bomb maker in the Lashkar-e-Toiba terror outfit and was accused of masterminding over 40 bombings in India. He was arrested by Indian authorities on 16 August along the India-Nepal border. Though he was given a clean chit by a Delhi court in all four cases filed against him, he was facing charges in other cases in different parts of the country. He came under the police radar after his name cropped up during Mumbai serial blasts in 1993.

He was also accused of training young men to carry out terror activities across India. One of them was Saleem Junaid, a Pakistani national arrested in Hyderabad, who along with a group of youngsters was planning to carry out a series of blasts in Ganesh pandals in the city in 1998.

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