Within hours of a touching speech by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in which he praised the reaction of slain terrorist Saifulla's father, the man Mohammad Sartaj himself addressed the media and explained how much he values the appreciation that the government had shown to him in the Parliament.
Lucknow shootout: Within hours of a touching speech by Home Minister Rajnath Singh in which he praised the reaction of slain terrorist Saifulla’s father, the man Mohammad Sartaj himself addressed the media and explained how much he values the appreciation that the government had shown to him in the Parliament. Speaking in the Lok Sabha today morning at the start of the Budget session, Rajnath had given a statement on behalf of the Narendra Modi government to the gathered Members of Parliament (MPs) about the Lucknow shootout including the bombing of the Bhopal-Ujjain train in which 9 people had been injured. Seven members of this group known as the Kanpur Lucknow Khurasan have been arrested and 2 arrests have been made today including of a former Indian Air Force Officer (IAF) GS Khan in Kanpur.
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Rajnath Singh had explained in the Lower House that not only did Sartaj call his son ‘anti-national’, he disowned him too and refused to have anything to do with his own flesh and blood by saying, ‘Wo jo desh ka na ho saka, woh mera kya hoga’. Singh mouthed each and every word that Sartaj spoke – “I don’t want to see his dead face even” (uska mara hua muh nahi dekhna). Rajnath’s effusive praise had been received by the Parliamentarians with thundering applause.
Speaking today afternoon, Saifulla’s father Sartaj expressed his gratitude to the Home minister thus, “Thank you. This is a great message for entire India that our minister has bestowed respect and honour even on small people.” (Unka shukriya, ye sandesh purey India ke liye hona chahiye humare mantri chotey-chotey logon ko izzat dete hain.)
Sartaj had also said yesterday that ‘I have worked very hard all my life to get by and he has destroyed it all’. He reportedly was asked by the Lucknow Police to try and make Saifullah surrender peacefully but all the entreaties of the kin had fallen on deaf ears. Saifullah had, in fact, said that he wanted ‘Shahadat’ (martyrdom).
Earlier links of the group with Islamic State have been debunked now and it is now being said that Saifulla and the rest were self-motivated towards terrorism.