Lucknow Encounter: Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha on Lucknow encounter that Center government is proud of terror suspect Saifullah’s father for refusing to accept his body saying “he was traitor”.
ISIS flag and train time table was recovered from Saifullah
Struggling After 12-hour, security personnel got success in killing Sainfullah, 22. He was killed in a hideout in Lucknow. Though commandos tried to grab him alive, but he refused to surrender. When security reached his place after killing, they recovered ISIS flag and a train timetable near him.
While addressing house, Home Minister Singh also informed that eight pistols, 630 live cartridges, Rs 1.5, three mobiles phone, four sim cards, two wireless sets and some foreign currency were recovered from the place where Saifullah lived.
His father refused to accept his body, denouncing him as a traitor.”One who could not belong to the country, how can he belong to me?”
“He was a “self-radicalised sympathizer” of terror outfit ISIS, while the state’s anti-terror squad (ATS), involved in the operation called him an active member of an ISIS module”, said UP police.
Saifullah was dropped the college two months ago and after being fought with his father, he left his home the very next day. His family was thinking that he had gone to Mumbai to get visa for Saudi Arabia, where he wanted to go for work. Sartaj was against the relocation.
A traitor was the youngest among three brothers. His older brother, Khalid Mohammed was phoned during the operation in Lucknow; he was convinced Saifullah to surrender. “For over an hour, I kept speaking on the phone…I kept talking. I did not hear his voice. Only gunshots.”
ATS official Aseem Arun said the slain suspect was an active member of ISIS’ module in Khurasan, a region that includes A Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and parts of northwestern and western India.
He said Saifullah was given ample opportunities to surrender.
“We initially tried smoking him out with chilli bombs. We began firing only when he shot at us when we tried to enter,” he said.
Saifullah’s father Sartaj Ahmad Khan and brother Khalid told reporters in Kanpur that they were not in touch with him for the past two and a half months.