My son is innocent, claims father of arrested Al Qaeda operative

Police say he received money from London in his account

Sambhal: Father of a suspected Al Qaeda operative, who was arrested recently in Delhi, has claimed that his is “innocent” and that he would try to save his son.

Abdul Rahman. Pic/PTI
Abdul Rahman. Pic/PTI

”My son used to sell clothes brought from Delhi. He is not very educated and never fights with anyone. How can we believe that he was associated with Al Qaeda? My son cannot be a terrorist,” Ataur Rehman, father of Mohammad Asif, told repoters here on Friday.

Two suspected Al Qaeda operatives were arrested earlier this week by the Delhi Police, who claimed to have busted a module of the terror group in the Indian subcontinent that was operating out of the country.

While Mohammed Asif (41) was held from Seelampur in northeast Delhi, another operative, Abdul Rahman (37) was nabbed in Jagatpur area of Cuttack in Odisha, the police said. According to police, it was found during interrogation that Asif belonged to Deepa Sarai mohalla in Sambhal district, from where one Zafar Masood was arrested on December 17 in this connection.

Asif’s younger brother too defended him and said that he (Asif) had once gone to Saudi Arabia and then he had sold his portion of house to manage money. The police also said that they have recently found out that Abdur Rehman had received money in his bank account from London.

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