Will I lose My Job Because of my Son, Asks Terror Suspect Saifullah's Father
Hours after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh heaped praises on Mohammad Saifullah's father for disowning his terror-suspect son, the father expressed his apprehensions that he might get tagged as the father of a suspected terrorist.
New Delhi: Hours after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh heaped praises on Mohammad Saifullah's father for disowning his terror-suspect son, the father expressed his apprehensions that he might get tagged as the father of a suspected terrorist.
Talking to CNN-News18, Sartaj sought help from the government and said: "I want to ask if the government will help us so that nobody questions my integrity and dedication towards this country. I also work somewhere, and I don't want to be thrown out of my job."
Sartaj also hoped that the government will help him if "his employer took action against him just because his son was a terror suspect".
Sartaj also informed CNN-News18 that had he known his son was "drifting towards the path of extremism, I would have immediately told the police".
"The government is proud of him and I am sure Parliament too is," Rajnath said on Thursday, adding that the NIA will probe suspected terror cases, including the Lucknow encounter in which an alleged terrorist linked to a train blast was killed.
Hours after Saifullah was shot dead in an encounter in Lucknow, his father Sartaj called his son a "traitor" and refused to accept his body for final rites.
Saifullah - who was hiding in a house in Thakurganj area of Lucknow - was killed by the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh police on Wednesday.
"For me nation comes first. He did something which is against my country. He has let me down. A traitor cannot be my son," Saifullah's father Sartaj had said.
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