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4) Abdul Karim Tunda

June 24, 2008
An Andhra Pradesh intelligence official said soon after the Hyderabad blasts: "The main reason is the ease with which Bangladeshi youth enter the city and blend with the local population. They even are able to get ration and PAN cards in a day's time."

If security agencies are to get to the root of the problem of Bangladeshis entering India at will, this is the man who they will have to stop.

Abdul Karim Tunda has been the recruiter-in-chief for the Lashkar-e-Tayiba ever since it decided to make use of Bangladesh and the porous border that country shares with India.

Tunda, an expert bomb-maker -- a botched attempt that cost him an arm notwithstanding -- was said to have been caught in Kenya in 2006. But this turned out to be a false alarm and it turned out it was a British national and not him.

The 65-year-old was a resident of New Delhi and was behind the blasts in the capital and in Jalandar in 1997. He is also said to be instrumental in bringing together and reviving the Khalistani outfits, which were long thought to be defunct.

In 1997, he is said to have fled to Bangladesh and the intelligence agencies have nothing on him since 2003.

Image: A grieving relative of a blast victim, killed in the August 25 twin blasts in Hyderabad.
Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty Images

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