- G. M. Khan, a former IAF airman was arrested in Kanpur by ATS on 9 March
- Police suspects Khan is the “mastermind” of a terror module that included Saifullah, a suspected terrorist killed in an encounter on Wednesday.
- Abdul Qadir, son of G. M. Khan disowned his father after his alleged links in terror activity.
- Says “If he is a traitor he should be treated as such’.
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh : UP police on Thursday arrested a former IAF employee who they suspects as the “mastermind” of a terror module that included Saifullah, the slained suspected terrorist who was killed in an encounter on Wednesday.
Mohd Ghouse Khan was picked up from Kanpur by the Anti- Terrorist Squad, and revealed vital information during questioning, said Additional Director General of UP Police Daljit Chaudhary.
He said another suspect, identified only as Azhar, was also arrested by the ATS. Khan “is a technical man and a hardcore member of the module,” Chaudhary said, adding he was the “main accused and mastermind” of the module.
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Khan’s son distanced and disowned
“Country’s enemy is our enemy,” was what Abdul Qadir, son of G.M. Khan, whom police accused of influencing youths to join an alleged terror module recently busted by the Uttar Pradesh police, had to say after the arrest of his father was reported.
According to The Hindu , their father’s long and unexplained absence from the house had left them puzzled too, he said.
Qadir distanced himself from his father for the latter’s alleged terror activities, claiming that he didn’t know Saifullah or anyone else. The family resides in the same Jajmou area where alleged terrorist Saifullah was gunned down by security forces.
Abdul Qadir said:
“It is well known that I or even other family members don’t get along with my father. I run a shoe business in Lucknow and on the day the encounter was taking place, my father came to my shop asking me to accompany him to Kanpur. Till that point I had neither known nor suspected anything about his possible involvement in terror activities,” said Abdul.
Qadir also said “Once in Kanpur, he said let’s go to Rae Bareli where my mother’s maternal family lives. It was unusual, considering my father and my uncles don’t get along. On our way he dropped out midway. Next morning we read about his alleged involvement and it got us scared. We have no regrets nor do they sympathise with him“.
Earlier Sartaj, father of suspected terrorist Saifullah who was killed in encounter refused to accept the dead body saying “my son cannot be a traitor, What he has done is not in national interest. We will not the take the dead body of such traitor“.
Abdul Qadir added “We never contacted him. If he is arrested..let him be we have nothing to do with him. We don’t regret anything. If he is a traitor he should be treated as such. If he is not with the country, we aren’t with him. I don’t know where he stayed in Lucknow where he had taken a place on rent for the past couple of years.”
[With PTI inputs]