Saifullah’s father, the accused Islamic State (IS) terrorist in Tuesday’s (7 March) terror attack in Lucknow’s Thakurgaj area, has refused to accept his son’s body.

Saifullah’s father Sartaj said, “We only got to know about Saifullah and his activities last evening. We refused his body because he never listened to us. He would go against our wishes, I used to scold and beat him up too.”

“A traitor can’t be our son. We are Indians, we were born here, our forefathers were born here. One who indulges in anti-national activities can’t be our son … we won’t accept his body ,” Saifullah’s father added.

Earlier on March 7, while the police along with other security forces were trying to catch him alive from the Lucknow house, the police had spoken to his brother who asked him to surrender.

Denying that he won’t surrender, Saifullah said, “I won’t, I want martyrdom.”

The phone call was made around 5:30PM, two hours after the police and commandos surrounded the house where he was hiding.

Saifullah’s Kanpur-based brother Khalid, briefed him and slid the mobile phone under the door of the house. The security forces have a record of the conversation under the door of the house. The security forces have a record of the


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