Abu Jundal might confess to his involvement in the 26/11 attacks, but for his mother, he is a "religious person who cannot do anything wrong". For that matter, she does not believe the man whose photograph is being splashed in TV channels and newspapers is her son.
All the same, 65-year-old Rehana Begum would like to meet her son "if police allows". "We met for the last time in 2006," she said.
On Thursday, Rehana claimed her son has been falsely implicated by the security agencies. She also denied reports of DNA tests conducted to ascertain Jundal's identity. "It is absolutely wrong if the police are saying this."
Asked if police collected blood or other samples of the family without their knowledge, she replied in the negative. Describing the pain the family went through ever since Jundal's name surfaced in connection with terror activities, Rehana, said, "All our relatives distanced themselves from us."
After news of Jundal's arrest broke, his parents shifted from their home in Beed's Hatti Khana - 395 km from Mumbai - to Rehana's brother's house in the neighbourhood. A diabetic who takes on tailoring jobs to support the family, Rehana denied reports of her son sending R50 lakh to them during his stay in Pakistan.
"We want a proper investigation," she added. "If my son is guilty, he should be punished..."