ABDUL KARIM TUNDA, a bomb-maker, was acquitted in the 1993 serial blast case.

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Tunda was accused of putting out bombs in five trains in different places in December 1993 to mark the one-year anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition.

On Thursday, a special court in Rajasthan’s Ajmer acquitted Abdul Karim Tunda in the 1993 serial explosions case, stating that the prosecution did not give sufficient evidence to support the accusations.

The Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court has sentenced two other suspects to life in prison: Irfan and Hamiduddin.

Tunda, an 81-year-old close associate of wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, was accused of carrying off bombings in five trains in various locations in December 1993 to commemorate the first anniversary of the Babri Masjid’s demolition.

The bombings killed two persons and injured dozens more.

“The court has acquitted Abdul Karim Tunda of all allegations levelled against him.

The prosecution did not present sufficient evidence to substantiate the charges,” his petitioner, Shafquatullah Sultani, told reporters in Ajmer.

On September 30, 2021, the TADA court charged Tunda, the primary culprit, as well as Irfan alias Pappu and Hamiduddi, with the blasts in passenger trains in Lucknow, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Surat, and Mumbai on the intervening night of December 5-6, 1993.

Irfan and Hamiduddin were sentenced to life in prison for setting the bombs, according to their lawyer, Abdul Rashid.

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