New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday lauded the act of Mohammed Sartaj, father of the self radicalised Saifullah who was gunned down in the Lucknow encounter.
Sartaj while refusing to accept his son’s body at their home in Kanpur on Wednesday stated that if he could not belong to the nation how could he belong to him?
By refusing to accept his son’s body, Sartaj Mohammed, has made an important statement, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the Parliament.
Saifullah, 22, was killed in a hideout in Lucknow after a 12-hour operation. Though commandos tried to capture him alive, he refused to surrender. After he was shot, an ISIS flag and a train timetable were discovered near him; investigators say he and other members of his group – “self-radicalised” and “self-proclaimed as an ISIS cell” according to the Uttar Pradesh police – carried out a bombing this week on a train in neighbouring Madhya Pradesh in which nine people were injured.
During the operations, the cops even had Saifullah’s brother speak to him over the phone hoping that he would surrender but Saifullah reportedly said that he wanted martyrdom
It is learnt that Saifullah, a college dropout, had left his house around two months ago after a fight with his father. He had told his family recently that he will be travelling to Mumbai to get a visa for Saudi Arabia, where he said he wanted to work.