Syed Abdul Karim ‘Tunda’ was sentenced to life on Tuesday by the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Sonipat. The court also levied a penalty of Rs 1 lakh on Tunda. The alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Tunda is accused of 1996 Sonipat bomb blasts case. Tunda was convicted on Monday under Sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 120 B (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Section 3 of the explosive act was also imposed on Tunda.

Syed Abdul Karim ‘Tunda’ was arrested by the police in 2013 in Banbasa near the Nepal border. His name also featured on the list of 20 terrorists that India had asked Pakistan to hand over after the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai. Tunda is allegedly responsible for more than 40 bomb blast cases in India. Tunda’s lawyer, after the decision by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Sonipat, said that he would challenge the order in the High Court.

In December 1996, two bombs exploded in Sonipat at different locations. However, nobody died in the blast but more than 15 people were injured in the blast. After the blast a case was registered against unknown persons at the City Police station.

While probing the case police found that Mohammad Shakeel Ahmed, Mohammad Amir Khan and Syed Abdul Karim ‘Tunda’ were responsible for the Sonipat blasts. However, during the trial Tunda had pleaded that he was in Pakistan at the time of blasts.

Two separate cases of Sonipat bomb blast case have also been going against Tunda in Panipat and Rohtak courts, which will continue respectively.

According to sources, Tunda came in contact with hardliners in 1980s and learned making explosives. He is also said to be the masterminded of the blasts in Ludhiana, Kanpur New Delhi and Varanasi which took place during 1996 to 1998.