A district court on Tuesday sentenced Lashkar-e-Taiba bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda to life imprisonment for his role in in the 1996 Sonipat bomb blasts case. He was pronounced guilty by the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Sushil Kumar Garg.
75-year-old Tunda has been held guilty under section 307 (attempt to murder) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and section 3 of the Explosive Substances Act
Tunda was among the 20 terrorists that India had asked Pakistan to hand over post the 2008 Mumbai attacks. While recording his statement in court in September this year, Tunda, who is currently lodged in a jail, had claimed that he was in Pakistan at the time of the blasts.
He was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border at Banbasa on August 16, 2013. The LeT bomb expert was suspected to be involved in several blasts cases across the country, some of which are still pending.
At least 15 persons were injured in twin blasts in Sonipat in 1996 -- one near a cinema hall and another near a sweets shop.