'Police abducted my son from Thane'

Published: Oct 19, 2012, 06:45 IST | Sandip Kolhatkar |

Father of the fourth accused in the case says he'll approach NHRC against 'illegal detention', alleges Delhi Police 'abducted' Irfan on Oct 5 and kept him in custody for several days before claiming that he was caught in Jaipur

The father of the fourth accused in JM serial blasts case had made some starling revelations. Mustafa Landage has alleged that his son Irfan (30) was not arrested from Jaipur on October 10, as claimed by the Delhi Police. The sexagenarian claims that Irfan was actually “abducted” by the cops from Thane on October 5.

“After detaining him illegally for several days, the special cell of Delhi Police pretended that he was nabbed near a bus stop in Jaipur,” he said, adding that he’ll now approach the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and even is ready to fight a legal battle against the Delhi Police.

Innocent? Irfan (inset) quit his job in 2009 and started a business  with his brother-in-law Asad Khan; Irfan’s house in Aurangabad

Recalling what transpired on October 5, Landage said that Irfan had gone to Thane to meet his in-laws. “Around 11 am, some officers came reached the house and took him in custody. Later, they took him to Delhi,” Landage said. He alleged, “After abducting my son, some police official approached us and took us to a hotel in Juhu. There they threatened us of sending Irfan to another country or even killing him in an encounter if we dared to approach the media.”

Landage said that although cops are claiming that Irfan met Riyaz Bhatkal and Fayyaz Qagzi in Saudi Arabia and got influenced by their Jehadi ideology, the fact is that their assertion is completely fallacious.

“They are trying to implicate his son in the terror case,” said Landage. Speaking about Irfan, the father said, “Although he is religious, but he certainly isn’t a radical. He has thorough knowledge of Quran, and performs Hajj quite often. Irfan used to work as an engineer, however he quit the job in 2009 and started his own business in Aurangabad with his brother-in-law Asad Khan. He just got married in this May.”

Secular belief
Mustafa Landage is a retired BSNL officer, and an active social activist. “I have been working on the Hindu-Muslim unity since a long time. I have been to Jalgaon, Bhusawal, Rahuri, Akola and several other districts to give lectures on the social harmony and Hindu-Muslim unity.” Landage said that he even delivered lecture in Parner last month, where Anna Hazare was also present.

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