NEW DELHI, Mar. 8: Family members of the alleged ISIS terrorist killed in Lucknow yesterday refused to accept his body saying "a traitor" is no son of theirs.
"One who indulges in anti-national activities can't be my son. Look, someone who's a traitor cannot be our son. It's that straightforward. We will absolutely not accept a traitor's body. He has brought infamy not only to us but to the whole nation, therefore we will not accept his body for last rites" said Sartaj, the alleged terrorist's father, to TOI.
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, Indian police said.
Sartaj, who lives in Jajamau Tila in Kanpur, said he was shocked to hear about his son's involvement in anti-national activities. Saifullah's sister Zareen also was completely taken aback to hear the news. Both heard this morning that Saifullah was killed in an anti-terror operation, PTI said.
"We are Indians, we were born here, our forefathers were born here and anyone who's a traitor can't be a son or any relation of ours," Sartaj said.
Sartaj said Saifullah left home about two-and-a-half months back after he beat him up for not working. Saifullah apparently told him he wanted to work as a driver in Saudi Arabia.
"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.
Saifullah was a commerce graduate of Manohar Lal College in Jajmau. (TOI)
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