Sartaj today said that 'quite a while ago Saifulla had 'come to me and said that he wanted to go abroad. I told him, you are the master of your own whims and fancies (marzi ka malik), do as you wish.'
With the spotlight squarely on him, Saifullah’s father, who famously disowned his son after coming to know about his role in the Lucknow shootout as well as the bombing of the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train in Madhya Pradesh in which some 9 people were injured, has spoken up again today. After learning of his son being killed in Lucknow, Mohammad Sartaj had refused to accept his body yesterday saying he would not accept the body of an ‘anti-national’ – ‘Wo jo desh ka na ho saka, woh mera kya hoga’. After that he had added that “I don’t want to see his dead face even (uska mara hua muh nahi dekhna). I have worked very hard all my life to get by and he has destroyed it all’. He and his relatives had reportedly tried to make Saifullah surrender rather than continue his stand-off in Thakurganj area, but failed to dissuade him.
Sartaj today said that ‘quite a while ago Saifulla had ‘come to me and said that he wanted to go abroad. I told him, you are the master of your own whims and fancies (marzi ka malik), do as you wish.’ He added, “Saifullah had then had gone to Mumbai along with others to procure a passport’. Thereafter, Sartaj added, “He told me he was going to Saudi Arabia. I said go wherever you want.” Saifullah’s father was speaking to India Today.
Mohammad Sartaj’s words had such an electrifying effect on the nation that Home Minister Rajnath Singh stood up in Parliament and praised him profusely for his patriotic stance, Rajnath repeated the words Sartaj had said verbatim and then proceeded to heap praise on the man. Rajnath said, “Not just from my side, the entire government stands in sympathy of Mohammad Sartaj. (Hum unke prati sahanabhuti prakat karte hain)”
Day before Saifullah had been killed by security forces after a 24-hour stand-off in Lucknow in the wake of the train bombing in Madhya Pradesh. Seven other suspects have also been arrested. Uttar Pradesh Police had initially suspected terror linkage with the Islamic State (ISIS) but the same has now been denied by them.