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Abdul Karim Tunda acquitted in Panipat bomb blast case

Chandigarh:  The alleged LeT explosive expert, Abdul Karim Tunda, was acquitted by the Panipat district court on 1 December due to lack of evidence against him in a case relating to the 1997 bomb blast on a private bus in Panipat. The 73-year-old Tunda was brought from Karnal jail to Panipat where Sessions Judge, Ved Prakash Sirohi, heard his case. The police wanted to prove him as a conspirator in the case, but the judge didn’t find evidence to support this claim. According to the prosecution, a bomb was planted on a private bus on 1 February, 1997, which killed a 10-year-old boy and injured about two dozen persons. As the accused is wanted in some other bomb blast cases, he has not yet been released.

Another accused Muhammad Husain, arrested in the case, was sentenced to life imprisonment on 13 August, 2008. Out of a multitude of witnesses, only two testified to Tunda’s presence at the blast site but none of them saw him planting any bomb there. As many as 35 witnesses recorded their evidence against Tunda.

It is worth-noting that two prisoners attacked Abdul Karim Tunda in the Karnal district jail on 30 November. Jail warden rescued him and took him to Kalpana Chawla Govt. Medical College for treatment. On the complaint of the Jail DCP, a case of attempted murder was registered against the two prisoners. Tunda was sent to Karnal district jail after his hearing in Panipat bomb blast case.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2016 on page no. 14

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