Father of four,Feroze ran two shops in Camp

Feroze was in Delhi to facilitate Haj trips,says father; he was trapped,says mother

Written by SushantKulkarni | Published: October 12, 2012 3:16 am

Feroze was in Delhi to facilitate Haj trips,says father; he was trapped,says mother

Sayyed Feroze (38),one of the three Indian Mujahideen suspects arrested by the Delhi police in connection with the low-intensity J M Road blasts runs two garment shops,both named ‘Options by Feroz’ in Pune Camp.

His father said Feroze,who lives with his wife,two daughters and two sons in Guruwar Peth in the city had last met him about about 20 days ago and told him he was going to Delhi to facilitate Haj trips of some people.

On Thursday,Delhi police announced that Feroze had been picked up from the Nizamuddin railway station in Delhi and a bag containing explosives was seized from him.

His cousin Sarfaraz Quazi and business partner Mohseen Bagwan who were at the shops told Newsline that Feroze left Pune a few days ago for work but they were unable to give further details. The shops deal in readymade garments. The shop on Gaffar Baig Street has been there for the last four years,and the other on Jaan Mohammed Street,a few hundred metres from the first,was inaugurated recently during Ramzan,Quazi said.

Feroze’s father Abdul Hameed runs a milk agency in Shukrawar Peth and stays in Danish Apartments building in the area.

Abdul Hameed said,“He has not been living here (Shukrawar Peth) for the last 10 years. About 20 days ago,he told me he was going to Delhi to facilitate visa procedures of some Haj pilgrims. He had gone there for similar reason two-three times in the past.”

Delhi police have claimed that Feroze met Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Fayyaz Kagzi in Saudi Arabia.

Feroze’s mother,who saw her son’s name flashed on TV on Thursday said,“My son cannot do anything like this. He has been trapped.”

Feroze’s father said,“He has two sons and two daughters from his wife Shagufta. We do not know where they are right now. Firoze has always been running these shops from rented premises. Every time the lease expires,he changes location.”

Feroze who completed Class X from Shivaji Maratha High School in Shukrawar Peth lives in a small apartment in Grace Corner building in Mominpura area of Guruwar Peth. The apartment is locked.

None of his relatives or friends could say where his family was at present. Workers at the adjacent tailoring shop said they had last seen the family a couple of weeks ago. A neighbour who did not want to be named said,“Feroze’s family has been staying here for the last few years. They have four kids. They seldom communicate with others.”

His partner Mohseen Bagwaan said,“We have been doing business together for the last four-five years. He occasionally goes out of station to purchase cloth for sherwanis. He travels to various locations and I look after the shops with the help of some others.”

Feroze’s cousin Quazi who sits at the shop on Gaffar Baig Street,shows Feroze’s visiting card and asks,“Do you believe someone who runs a full-time business can do something like this?”

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