The family of a slain terror suspect has refused to accept the body fearing social boycott and communal tension in his home town in Madhya Pradesh's Khandwa, police said on Monday.
Mohammad Aslam (27), a suspected operative of the outlawed SIMI, was gunned down along with another member of the outfit in a police encounter at Nalgonda district of Telangana on Saturday.
Aslam and his accomplice, Mohammad Ejazuddin (30), were among seven SIMI operatives who had fled from Khandwa district jail on October 1, 2013.
Khandwa additional superintendent of police Gopal Kandel said family members of Aslam on Sunday submitted a letter of refusal after they identified him through television visuals. In the letter, the family has asked police to bury Aslam at Nalgonda.
Kandel said the family was apprehensive of ostracism by residents and communal tension in the town.
He said on Sunday they had received a letter from Telangana police seeking to hand over the body to Aslam’s relatives.
“We communicated this to his (Aslam’s) family members the same day. But his father, mother and brothers refused to accept his body and gave their consent for the burial at the place where he was killed,” Kandel said.
The ASP said Khandwa police have formally informed Nalgonda police of the development “and now the final call will be taken by them.”
Distant relatives of the other slain SIMI operative, based at Kareli village of Narsimhapur, too, do not want to associate with him.
“When we contacted them, they refused to be associated with him and said his parents had shifted to Bhopal in 2010 after his arrest,” said Kareli thana in-charge Umesh Tiwari.
Meanwhile, a four-member police team from Khandwa reached Nalgonda on Monday morning to complete to formally confirm the identity of Aslam and Ejazuddin.