Double whammy: Business crippled, Gaya cyber café owner who caught terror suspects faces threat to life
Cyber café owner Anurag Basu has petitioned Gaya district magistrate Kumar Ravi and senior superintendent of police Garima Malik to provide “adequate security” to him and his family.india Updated: Oct 30, 2017 15:10 IST
The cyber café owner and publisher who became a hero in September after catching two terror suspects, including the key accused of 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts, has been handed a double whammy.
Already staring at penury, with his business crippled for fear of retaliation, Anurag Basu now faces threat to his life from sleeper cells allegedly set up by the arrested terror suspects in Bihar’s Gaya district.
The hapless cyber café owner has petitioned Gaya district magistrate (DM) Kumar Ravi and senior superintendent of police (SSP) Garima Malik to provide “adequate security” to him and his family.
Basu had chased and caught two terror suspects at Gaya, 100 km south of Patna, on September 13. Tauseef Khan alias Atik Khan, an accused in the Ahmedabad blast, was one of men. The blast had killed 56 people and injured more than 200.
“Four or five men visit my cyber café every now and then and create trouble. One of them even threw a leg of an animal on the rooftop of my shop. They all have been forcing me to leave the city at once or face consequences for facilitating Tauseef’s arrest,” Basu said.
“Tauseef used to visit a mosque at Shahmir Takya, about half-a-km from my cyber café, and train more than 50 youths in jehad. His disciples now visit my cyber café and threaten me of dire consequences if I continued my business in the locality,” Basu told HT on Monday.
“Customers do not come to my cyber café anymore fearing retaliation by terrorists. I have also stopped giving karate training to my students,” said Basu, a third degree black belt, who had been giving martial art tips at Tekari and Gaya for more than four years.
Meanwhile, Gaya MP Hari Manjhi has also written to the Prime Minister and the Union home minister, urging them to provide adequate compensation and reward to Basu, “who has set an example of courage and patriotism”.
In his letters, Manjhi also pointed out the financial crisis Basu was facing in the wake of the “onslaught from Tauseef’s supporters”.