Top Lashkar-e-Toiba bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda was on Tuesday remanded in five-day police custody by a Delhi court after the police said he has to be interrogated at length to unearth his terror links.
Tunda, who was on Tuesday discharged from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after undergoing treatment, was produced before Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Dharmesh Sharma and the Special Cell of Delhi Police sought five days custodial interrogation saying they need to quiz Tunda regarding the source of oil which was to be used for making Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
The police said that during the earlier custodial interrogation, Tunda had said he had procured the explosives from a shop in Tilak Bazaar in old Delhi.
"Accused Abdul Karim is to be interrogated regarding the source of oil procured by him which was recovered from the shop of Abdul Haq (Tunda's brother). The oil was to be used for making IEDs.
"Moreover, a mobile phone containing more than 200 contacts has been recovered from his possession and he is also to be interrogated vis-a-vis the contact details," police said in its remand application.
The police also informed the court that Tunda is required to be taken to Karnataka and West Bengal for further probe in the case.
"As such accused Abdul Karim alias Tunda is to be interrogated at length to unearth the anti-national activities being conspired by the accused and his associates.
"It is, therefore, requested that five days police custody remand of accused Abdul Karim alias Tunda may kindly be given," the police said.
The court after hearing the arguments remanded Tunda, who was produced amid high security, in police custody till September 8.
Tunda was first produced today before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Bansal but the judge transferred the matter to the court of District Judge I S Mehta.
District Judge Mehta after hearing brief submissions, moved the case to the court of ASJ Sharma.
Tunda, 70, was admitted to Safdarjung Hospital on August 22 after he complained of chest pain and was shifted to AIIMS a day later.
On August 24, he was remanded in judicial custody by a magistrate who had visited in AIIMS where Tunda was admitted for special cardiac care.
Tunda was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border at Banbasa on August 16 on the basis. He was earlier remanded in police custody for his questioning in connection with 37 bomb blast cases across the country.
He was earlier declared as a proclaimed offender in a case in which special cell had arrested three alleged terrorists Aftab, Abdul Haq and Abdul Wahid on January 17, 1994, for their alleged planning to indulge in terror activities in the national capital on the occasion Republic Day.
Another case against him is in connection with recovery of explosive substances lodged in 1994 at south Delhi's Malviya Nagar police station under the provisions of stringent anti-terror law TADA.
The police, in its remand application, today said three terrorists were arrested in Delhi on January 17, 1994 and 150 kg explosives and six daggers were recovered from their possession.
It said that during interrogation of arrested terrorist Aftab, it was disclosed by him that members of his group 'Ahle Hadees' were also responsible for the bomb blasts that took place in various trains in Mumbai on December 6, 1993.
Aftab had stated that he was working under the leadership of Tunda, then a resident of Pilkhua in Ghaziabad, and they were planning to cause series of explosions in and around the national capital, police said.
It claimed in the application that Tunda has admitted his involvement in several bomb blasts incidents in Delhi and other states.