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Abdul Karim Tunda, Infamously Known as ‘Dr. Bomb,’ Acquitted in 1993 Serial Train Blasts Case

In a significant development, a special court in Rajasthan has acquitted Abdul Karim Tunda, a prominent bomb maker associated with Lashkar-e-Toiba, in connection with the 1993 train blasts case.

By: Rekha Joshi  Pardaphash Group
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Abdul Karim Tunda, Infamously Known as ‘Dr. Bomb,’ Acquitted in 1993 Serial Train Blasts Case

In a significant development, a special court in Rajasthan has acquitted Abdul Karim Tunda, a prominent bomb maker associated with Lashkar-e-Toiba, in connection with the 1993 train blasts case. The explosions, occurring on the first anniversary of the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition, resulted in two fatalities and numerous injuries.

Abdul Karim Tunda, Infamously Known as ‘Dr. Bomb


Abdul Karim Tunda, who is in his 80s, is currently serving a life term following his conviction in a 1996 bomb blast case. Known for his bomb-making skills and alleged proximity to terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, Tunda is implicated in several other bombing cases. Referred to as “Dr. Bomb,” he had faced charges related to the train bombings in Kota, Kanpur, Secunderabad, and Surat.

The special court’s decision to acquit Tunda was based on a lack of evidence against him. However, two other accused, Aminuddin and Irfan, were convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in connection with the same case.

‘Dr. Bomb,’ Acquitted in 1993 Serial Train Blasts Case


‘Dr. Bomb,’ Acquitted in 1993 Serial Train Blasts Case. The train bombings, occurring months after the Bombay blasts, had shocked the nation. All the cases from various cities were consolidated and heard by a special court under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) leading the investigation.

It is reported that the CBI may consider approaching the Supreme Court to challenge Abdul Karim Tunda’s acquittal, reflecting the potential legal complexities surrounding the case.

Following his arrest in Uttarakhand’s Banbasa in 2013, near the India-Nepal border, Tunda was sentenced to life imprisonment in a 1996 blast case by a Haryana court four years later. The CBI is reportedly considering challenging Tunda’s acquittal by approaching the Supreme Court, underscoring the legal complexities surrounding cases of terrorism.

Tunda, who initially worked as a carpenter, turned to terrorism in his 40s. He first came under scrutiny after the 1993 Mumbai blasts, losing his left hand in a bomb-making incident. Throughout his association with various terrorist organizations, including Lashkar-e-Toiba, Indian Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammed, and Babbar Khalsa, Tunda has been a notable figure in cases of terrorism in India.

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