The main gate is locked from inside since the day Naqi Ahmed Sheikh was arrested in connection with the 13/7 Mumbai blasts. Naqis parents Wasi Ahmed (55) and Roshan Ara are not willing to talk to anyone. With some persuasion,Wasi agrees to open the gate and talk to The Indian Express,though away from his house. Even close relatives have started avoiding them,he says.
If the police keep arresting our boys like this,we will have to call back our children studying or working in Delhi,Mumbai,Bangalore and the Gulf. Some parents have already started doing so, he says.
Wasi is illiterate. He says when the Maharashtra ATS team came to his house on January 17 asking for Naqis motorcycle,he handed over the keys and answered all their queries about his third son,Naqis,upbringing and education. I have nothing to hide. My son doesnt have any case lodged against him in any police station. His arrest has devastated us.
According to Wasi,Naqi had brought a second-hand Honda Unicorn bike eight months ago and brought it here by rail. He,however,admitted that the vehicles registration had not been transferred in Naqis name.
Wasi cultivates his three bighas of land,has a pucca house,and gets some financial support from his sons. Naqi used to visit us at regular intervals. He came here five months ago. He never attended any religious lecture.
Wasi ran a business in Mumbai from 1972 till 2003. He returned to his village,handing his business to his sons. His two other sons,Rafi and Razi,run suitcase shop in Mumbai while Naqi opened a suitcase shop at Okhla four years ago.
Naqi studied in Patna and did his intermediate at Darbhanga. Wasis youngest son,Taquee,is pursuing an MBA course from IIPM,New Delhi.
Taquee too has expressed his fear to the National Minorities Commission,saying he was facing harassment from Mumbai Police. In a letter to the panel,he said he was getting calls from a person who says he is from Maharashtra ATS. This person has been reportedly threatening him to come to Mumbai or risk seeing his family sent to jail on terror charges. With inputs,New delhi