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Abdul Karim Tunda gets life sentence for Sonepat bomb blasts

Terror can come in any shape and size and Abdul Karim Tunda was one of them. Today, he was convicted for his involvement in the Sonepat bomb blasts that had occurred in 1996. It may have taken more than two decades to finalize the case, but the verdict is out and the guilty have been punished. The court of Additional District and Sessions judge Dr Sushil Kumar Garg today announced life sentence for Abdul Karim Tunda. Tunda is 75 years old and now he will spend the rest of his life in prison. The bomb blasts that he had conducted in 1996 had caused injuries to several people. It may be recalled that Tunda is facing various other charges and several cases have been filed against him across the country. Investigative agencies suspect that he may have been involved in other terror attacks also.

A fine of Rs 1 lakh has also been imposed on Tunda. He had been found guilty under section 307 (attempt to murder) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 3 of the Explosive Substances Act (punishment for causing explosion likely to endanger life or property). Tunda never admitted to his terror links and he continues to say that he was in Pakistan when the blasts occurred. It is suspected that Tunda is a bomb expert and he may be involved in other bomb blasts. He was amongst the 20 terrorists that were brought back from Pakistan after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

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