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Lucknow terrorist’s father refuses to accept son’s body

The father of slain terrorist Saifullah, Sartaj, has refused to accept his son’s body, saying that “a traitor cannot be a son.”

Saifullah was killed in Lucknow’s Thakurganj after a 11 hour counter terror operation. He was suspected to be linked with the blast in the Bhopal-Ujjain train yesterday, police said. His father has now disowned him and has stated that he will not cremate his body.

Speaking to reporters, Saifullah’s father 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.

 “He left home two and a half months ago. I was not happy with his ways and then there was an altercation between us after which he fled home. The last time I spoke to him was last Monday when he had said that his VISA was ready and that he was leaving for Saudi Arabia soon. I told him to do whatever he wants,” Saifullah’s father told the media.

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.

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