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Saturday, 10 December 2011

My son is innocent: Aftab’s father

From TCN
Patna: Muhammad Ayyub, in seventies, is not ready to accept Delhi Police charge that his 19-year-old son Aftab Alam, who was running a small kirana store – the only source of livelihood for the family -- in their village in Purnia district of Bihar is a terrorist, and not a small timer, but a veteran who has been involved in Delhi High Court blast, 26/11 attack at Mumbai’s Taj Hotel and blasts outside Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium.
A week after three arrests, including a Pakistani, in Madhubani district, the team of Delhi Police’s Special Cell, on 5th December, picked Aftab from his shop at Khatahat village under Jalalgarh police station in Purnia district.
“My son cannot be a terrorist. He is a victim of a big conspiracy or a misunderstanding. My heart says my son is innocent because I have given him religious education,” said elderly Ayyub talking to pressmen. But he did not mince word in saying that if his son is guilty he must be punished.
Giving details about his son, Ayyub said Aftab was born on 8th February 1992 at Belwa village under Adhang panchayat in Purnia. He completed hifz (memorized Quran) from a madrasa. In 2009, he passed Fauqania (equivalent to matriculation) exam from Bihar Madrasa Board. After that he was running his father’s kirana shop in Khatahat area.
Aftab is the sixth Bihar youth picked in last two weeks in connection with terror cases.
Mohammad Qateel Siddiqi, 27, and Gauhar Aziz Khomani, 31 were picked in Delhi on November 22 and 23 respectively. Gayur Ahmad Jamali, 21, and Mohammad Adil, 40, were arrested in Bihar’s Madhubani on November 24. Mohammad Irshad Khan, 52, of Samastipur, Bihar, and Abdur Rahman, 19, of Darbhanga, were arrested in Chennai on November 27.
Delhi Police and intelligence agencies have claimed they are members of Indian Mujahideen and were spreading the network of the banned terror group in Bihar.

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