scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Thursday, June 30, 2022

‘Hang him if he is wrong, but tell us what he did, where he is’

Father of accused in Liaquat Shah case says they last met in 2013.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Govinda (shajapur) |
February 2, 2015 12:52:42 am
Fida Mohammed (left) in his village Govinda; son Shabir Khan (inset). Fida Mohammed (left) in his village Govinda; son Shabir Khan (inset).

Fida Mohammed last met his son, Sabir Khan, at a wedding in Dewas in early 2013. Mohammed does not know much about his son. He only knows that Khan lived in Delhi and was working for some “really important” people. He thinks that “whatever Khan was being asked to do must have been in national interest.’’

Khan did not reveal much to his relatives or friends. They did not know what he did in Delhi. The stories about Khan began soon after that Dewas wedding, after the Delhi Police arrested Liaquat Shah and labelled him as a terrorist.

Last month, the NIA gave a clean chit to Shah, and named Khan as the main accused. According to the NIA, Khan allegedly planted arms and ammunition at Haji Arafat Guest House in Jama Masjid area. These were “seized” by the Delhi Police as “evidence” that Shah was planning terror strikes in the city.
The NIA has alleged that Khan was a Delhi Police Special Cell informer for 10 years and used to stay at the Special Cell barracks in Lodhi Colony.

Mohammed cannot understand how his son got involved in the case. He says Khan was only good at “stitching clothes”. “Hang him if he has done something wrong, but at least tell us what he did and where he is today,’’ he says, wondering if Khan has been “eliminated”. In his early 60s, Mohammed admits that Khan, his son from his first marriage, did not confide in him, probably because he resented his second marriage. Mohammed remarried two years after his first wife died. He has three children from his first marriage and two from the second. Khan spent most of his early years away from his father, at his maternal uncle’s house in Gelana, about 60 kilometres from here, before shifting to Delhi.

Best of Express Premium
Newsmaker | Eknath Shinde: No. 2 after the Thackerays, backer of BJP, MVA...Premium
UPSC Key-June 30, 2022: Why to read ‘Collective Responsibility’ or ‘Inver...Premium
TN Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan: ‘Don’t know of a ...Premium
Efforts to estimate poverty from 2011-21 are commendable, given absence o...Premium

Around August 2013, the NIA first came here, looking for Khan. “When I threatened them with a case in the high court (habeas corpus) they showed me documents to prove that he was not with them. I am convinced by their explanation as they were good to me. How do I move the court against the Delhi Police because they never contacted me,’’ says Mohammed.

He says he was planning to move court, but does not want to spend money as he is not sure about the outcome. Just a few months back too, the NIA team was here. Mohammed says he is in touch with the NIA officials.

Khan’s friend, Mahmood Khan, says he also last met him at the wedding in Dewas. “If anyone can throw light on his activities in Delhi, it is the Delhi Police as he reportedly working for them and stayed with them for so many years,’’ he says.

Mahmood says Khan rarely had any money on him. He says Khan was not very forthcoming about what he did in Delhi, but is sure that he would not even hurt a fly. “Only once he said that if I tell you what I do in Delhi you will be very proud,’’ recalls Mahmood. “Maybe he has been sacrificed to protect someone important.’’

Both Mohammed and Mahmood dismiss talk of Khan’s marriage as rumours. “We were about to get him engaged but he refused to marry. I own 15 bighas of land and would have sold part of it to either fight court cases or to open a tailoring shop for him, but he has disappeared and I don’t know what to do,” says the father.

UPSC KEY Have you seen our section dedicated to helping USPC aspirants decode daily news in the context of their exams?

📣 Join our Telegram channel (The Indian Express) for the latest news and updates

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
0 Comment(s) *
* The moderation of comments is automated and not cleared manually by indianexpress.com.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement