Lucknow: Mob attacks family shop of youth held in ‘terror’ crackdown

No FIR had been lodged in the matter till evening, but Additional Director General, Law and Order, Daljeet Singh Chowdhary said a case would be registered against those in the mob.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Updated: January 24, 2016 7:12 am

Raising slogans of ‘Pakistan Murdabad’, over 200 local youths attacked a barber shop run by the father of Mohammad Aleem, who was among those detained as part of a nation-wide anti-terror operation on Friday, at Lucknow’s Indira Nagar market Saturday morning.

The youths painted the shop’s signboard black and also damaged the shutters by pelting stones before police arrived. The shop was yet to open for the day. Police have now deployed some men at Aleem’s house in the same locality.

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No FIR had been lodged in the matter till evening, but Additional Director General, Law and Order, Daljeet Singh Chowdhary said a case would be registered against those in the mob.

The youths gathered outside Aleem’s father Mohammad Saleem’s barber shop located in a shopping complex near Munshipulia police outpost around 10 am and started raising slogans against Pakistan and terror outfits. They pelted stones and pulled down the signboard to paint it black.

Saleem, who is originally from Barabanki, said the family was scared. “I have been running the shop for the last three decades. It is sad that people who earlier respected me have changed soon after my son was arrested.”

Mother Ishrat Jahan said, “People should understand that court has not held my son guilty of any crime so far. I am sure this is a case of mistaken identity. Aleem has never gone out of the country. We suspect accessing Facebook, which he did on his cellphone, has landed him in trouble.”

Aleem, their only son, was a BCom third-year student at a degree college in Faizabad district. His younger sister is married and lives in Lucknow.

“We hardly allowed him to go out of the city. Aleem used to shoot marriage videos. On Thursday, he had gone to a hotel for shooting a marriage function when police arrived and took him into custody. Later in the night, I was called to the hotel, from where police took him. I was allowed to return home. On Friday evening, my wife and I met Aleem at the ATS office, and he said he was innocent and had been framed,” said Saleem.

On Saturday, the NIA and central security agencies said all 14 detained on Friday for alleged links with a group that has “affiliations” to the Islamic State had been put under formal arrest, including Aleem.

Aleem as well as another youth from Uttar Pradesh — 19-year-old Class XII student Mohammad Rizwan, of Kushinagar district — are believed to have come in contact with ‘IS recruiters’ through social media a few months ago.

Investigating agencies said Aleem came on their radar after he liked the page of an organisation supporting the IS. Later, the agencies reportedly found he had provided shelter to three “IS suspects” at his uncle’s house in Lucknow for a couple of days, a few months ago. His activities became more suspicious after that, said officials.

While Aleem was taken to Delhi on Saturday by the NIA, the Mumbai ATS took Rizwan with them.

Rizwan is the youngest of four children of a revenue clerk.

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    Aryan
    Jan 24, 2016 at 3:30 am
    Islamic terrorism on the rise in India....
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      Aryan
      Jan 24, 2016 at 2:09 am
      Now Maulana Mulaiam can't sleep at night..
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        Sirius
        Jan 24, 2016 at 5:13 am
        Victim-hood again ! But, no mention of a married minority auto driver killing two sisters in Delhi because the elder sister (majority community) rebuffed his advances ...
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          FekuSarkar
          Jan 24, 2016 at 6:50 pm
          If you myslim, you are guilty even before court decides!!! If you RSS you can kill n roam free..... Karma is funny word, what goes round comrs round!!
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            JImmy
            Jan 24, 2016 at 7:18 am
            Don't call terrorist with tagging religion !! every community have black sheep.
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              Mike
              Jan 24, 2016 at 3:37 am
              Muslim parents cry foul once their kids are caught - otherwise it's ok if no one spots their jihadi overtures
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                US NRI
                Jan 24, 2016 at 4:57 am
                Indian express found a little space for monster blizzard headline among suicide headline flurry. Why couldn't they find space for start up India initiative? By cornering these positive news what is our mainstream English media trying to achieve?
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                  babablacksheep
                  Jan 24, 2016 at 2:46 am
                  Lynch mobs the speciality of a certain party.
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                    Bijan Mohanty
                    Jan 24, 2016 at 4:55 pm
                    Which political party is galvanizing such violent moves with least regard for law and order ? Mob should not take law into its own hands. Well coordinated move before ensuing elections to polarize votes in the name of religion and patriotism !!!
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                      islamForFools
                      Jan 24, 2016 at 8:22 pm
                      People like you are more dangerous than ISIS terrorists and people like you along with your entire families should be slaughtered without mercy.
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                        islamForFools
                        Jan 24, 2016 at 4:56 am
                        kil families of kuran terrorists
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                          Gagan
                          Jan 24, 2016 at 12:33 am
                          Now this will also become a topic for intolerance debate.
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                            babu
                            Jan 24, 2016 at 12:47 am
                            These rss pests need fleet spray. Poor young kids will be released by country court after 10 yr curse on guilty poor Muslim or politicians
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                              Lovely
                              Jan 24, 2016 at 1:32 am
                              Even if anybody is aqiuted -- they will not be honaourable aquitals.
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                                Vijay
                                Jan 24, 2016 at 4:48 pm
                                With the proliferation of worldwide terrorism by the Jehadists , Muslim parents cannot remain ignorant about their children being inducted into these criminal organizations. A recent example of the stani couple in California who killed several innocent people, had his mother staying with them but claiming not being aware of their criminal activities such as bomb-making and collecting vast quanies of weapons seems unbelievable!
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                                  xyz
                                  Jan 24, 2016 at 5:43 am
                                  Startup India is hogwash
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                                    sr
                                    Jan 24, 2016 at 2:23 am
                                    anyone saying intolerence on the rise?
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                                      Anon
                                      Jan 24, 2016 at 3:21 am
                                      RSS Police
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                                        Vinod Vinayak
                                        Jan 24, 2016 at 2:04 am
                                        (G o v e rn m en t c ou n s e l M K Si n gh
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                                          Vinod Vinayak
                                          Jan 24, 2016 at 2:08 am
                                          , are
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                                            Vinod Vinayak
                                            Jan 24, 2016 at 2:08 am
                                            - like judge
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