KANPUR: Khalid Ahmed could not have imagined in his wildest dreams that his brother had turned a terrorist. It was a bolt from the blue when he was given a cell phone on Tuesday and told to speak to Saifullah, his younger brother holed up in a house in Thakurganj here and firing at the anti-terror squad trying to catch him alive.
He was told the ATS had thrown inside a cell phone connected to the one he held with loudspeaker on. “The cell phone is close to him, he can easily listen. Ask him to surrender,” the officials told Khalid.
Khalid, who had rushed to Lucknow from Kanpur, was going to speak to his brother after nearly three months. He was under the impression that his brother was in Mumbai, earning a decent living.
“I was shocked to find him in such a situation. Not even in my wildest dreams could I see him as a terrorist,” said Khalid.
“ ‘Saifullah! I screamed. What have you done? This is not right,’” Khalid recounted.
“‘You cannot be an enemy to humanity, the kind of Islam you are following has made you un-Islamic, think of Abbu and us,” he kept saying. “Blood shedding is the biggest sin, you are not born to shed blood, leave the gun and come out.” ATS officials behind him were whispering that Saifullah could hear him.
“I spoke to him for 60 minutes without a break. He didn’t say a word. I think if he had, he would have been alive today.”
The family is shocked to learn that Saifullah was not earning but getting trained for a terror strike. “He was rigid about issues close to him but we never thought he would reach this point. I quoted Hadith and Islamic tenets but he appeared impervious to everything,” said Khalid who works in a private firm. His other brother runs a tea stall.
“I think we could not keep a proper tab on him. But after what he did, it is a conscious family decision that we will not bury him. We have disowned him after his death.”