Father refuses to accept body of terror suspect son, killed in encounter in Lucknow

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Sartaj, the father of Saifullah, killed in special anti-terror operation in Lucknow on Tuesday night, has refused to accept the body of his son.

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“I only got to know about Saifullah and his activities last evening, we refused to accept his body because he never listened to us, he would go against our wishes,” he told news agency ANI.

Saifullah was killed in Lucknow this morning in an exchange of fire with the police after a 12-hour stand-off. He was suspected to be linked with the blast in the Bhopal-Ujjain train yesterday, police said.

Speaking to reporters, Sartaj emphasised, “We are Indian citizens. I was born here, my ancestors were born here.”

He said he had heard this morning about the death of his son in the encounter.

Sartaj said Saifullah had left home about two-and-a-half months back after he beat him up for not finding work and not listening to him.

“On Monday, I got a call from Saifullah, who told me that he had got a visa to visit Saudi (Arabia) and he was preparing to go there. I told him go ahead,” the father said.

Superintendent of Police (Kanpur City) Somen Verma said Saifullah’s family was contacted but they refused to take the body.

He added that the police may again make an attempt to convince the family about it.

Meanwhile, the father of two other men, who have been arrested on terror-related charges, has claimed that they were innocent and has sought a fair probe.

A joint operation by the Uttar Pradesh Police and the state ATS had killed Saifullah in the wee hours on Tuesday night after 12 hours of anti-terror operation.

The anti-terror operation ended after nearly 12 hours.

Speaking to reporters, the state DGP, Javeed Ahmed, said that his forces had no option but to kill the suspect after he refused to surrender despite several attempts.

Meanwhile, two suspected terrorists arrested from here and the neighbouring Unnao were today taken to Lucknow by a team of the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad for further questioning.

Searches are also underway for nabbing other terror suspects here.

Superintendent of Police (Kanpur City) Somen Verma said a team of UP ATS left from here to Lucknow with the two terror suspects at around 3 AM today for further questioning.

Last evening, a team of UP ATS had arrested Mohammed Faisal Khan from Jajamau and his brother Mohammed Imran from a leather factory in nearby Unnao.

Police had also apprehended one Shakeel alias Ajgar from the Rehmani market here but he escaped after the shopkeepers there started protesting. Searches are also underway out to arrest him.

Verma said the police is looking for some more terror suspects, however, he refused to disclose more details about them and whether they were involved in the the Bhopal-Ujjain train blast.

Police sources said the ATS team has questioned the suspect’s family and their neighbours.

Zaki Ahmed, IG, Kanpur said after their arrest searches are being carried out at railways station, bus stops and other crowded places. A checking drive is also underway at the Kanpur railway station and bus stop.

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