The father of Mohammad Saifulla, the alleged militant killed in an encounter by Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorism Squad, today flatly refused to accept his body. “This is not in the country’s interest to give Saifulla any respect.
We will not accept the body of an anti-national”, Sartaj told mediapersons in Kanpur, from where the terrorist belonged.
“Ye desh-hitt mein nahi tha hum usse naraz hain, aise deshdrohi ki laash nahi lenge” (It is not good for the country to accept his body, such anti-national’s body should not be taken ).
Giving details Sartaj said ‘Two-and-a-half-months back, he left home after I beat him up for not working.
Saifullah was allegedly one of nine members of a newly-formed ISIS cell. He was killed by commandos in a house on the outskirts of Lucknow early this morning. For 12 hours, commandos tried to capture him alive- they used chilli grenades smoke him out of the house, organised for his brother to talk him on the phone. But Saifullah refused to surrender, telling his sibling that he was “seeking martyrdom.” The house he was killed in was rented a few months ago from a man who works in Saudi Arabia, said sources.
Saifullah was in his 20s and a resident of Kanpur. Two of his cousins, who also lived in Kanpur, were arrested yesterday.
The alleged IS gang they signed up with had nine members, all Muslims in their 20s, who met through chat rooms after discovering ISIS propaganda online, said sources in the National Investigation Agency or NIA, the country’s main counter-terror body which is investigating the case. They were being monitored for a while online, they added, without sharing more details.
The alleged militant killed after a long standoff with security forces on the outskirts of Lucknow was influenced by the extremist ideology and drew inspiration from banned ISIS websites, Additional Director General of Police (ADG) of Uttar Pradesh, Daljit Chaudhary said today, adding that the police has not found any evidence to establish a direct link between him and the dreaded terror group.
“We have no such evidence yet of any ISIS link,” Daljit said addressing a press conference here, adding that he was apparently influenced by surfing through ISIS websites.
Daljit, however, informed that a huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from the building where Saifullah had taken shelter and was killed later in the gunfight. Saifullah was also allegedly involved in a bomb blast on a train in Madhya Pradesh yesterday that injured 10 people