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Police took them away in middle of night: Families of men held for questioning

Imran Saifi, 32, stayed a few metres from Sajid’s house. His family members said he worked with an automobile company and was taken away by police Tuesday night.

Written by Abhishek Angad | New Delhi |
May 5, 2016 6:01:31 am

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Family members of the men, who were detained for questioning Tuesday night over an alleged plan to set up an Islamic State-inspired jihadist group, told The Indian Express they were not involved in any terror activity.

Mohsin Khan: Mohsin, 32, lives 50 metres from the residence of Sajid, who has been arrested. He sells clothes near North Campus and makes about Rs 250 a day, said his father Saeed Khan. “He always urged people to follow the right path… How could he have done something wrong? There must have been some mistake,” said Khan. Mohsin, a Class V dropout, earlier used to work as a tailor.

Mohammed Imran: Imran, 24, sells clothes and bangles along with his father Mohammed Iqbaal, said his family members. Police came looking for him Tuesday midnight, said his family members. “They were in plainclothes and took him away. They said Imran had committed theft and he will be released later,” said his brother Mohammad Akhlaq.

Sakhawat Ali: Ali, 32, works as a manager in a company which manufactures commercial vehicles, said his family members. According to Ali’s aunt, five policemen knocked on their doors Tuesday night. “Ali was asked to get dressed and take his mobile phone with him. The policemen did not give us any reason…,” she said.

Imran Saifi: Saifi, 32, stayed a few metres from Sajid’s house. His family members said he worked with an automobile company and was taken away by police Tuesday night.

Mohammad Tahir: A resident of Loni in Ghaziabad, Tahir used to work at a printing press in Chand Bagh. His wife said, “At 4 am, some policemen knocked on our door. When my husband opened the door, they took him and my brother-in-law (Mohammad Muzahir) with them. They asked me to go back to sleep and not raise an alarm. After repeated requests, they gave a Lodhi Colony address and a landline number.”

Mohammad Muzahir: Muzahir, 24, is Tahir’s younger brother and the imam of a local mosque. “He teaches young children in the madrasa. Our entire family, including my father, have devoted their lives to teaching. How can they be accused of being terrorists,” said his sister.

Asif Khan: Khan, who has two young daughters, sold clothes, said his family members. “My son was sleeping when police came for him. They did not even let him to take his slippers,” said his mother.

Imran: Imran, 21, lives in Kabirnagar. The Indian Express was not able to speak to his family members.


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