‘I fear for my son’s life’
On the run since April and now wanted by the police in connection with the July 26 Ahmedabad blasts, Abu Faisal Imran Khan was in Mumbai for four days in June. Presley Thomas reports.india Updated: Aug 22, 2008 01:21 IST
On the run since April and now wanted by the police in connection with the July 26 Ahmedabad blasts, Abu Faisal Imran Khan was in the city for four days in June.
But frequent threats from the police in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, made his father Imran Khan send him to his native place in UP.
“I made him board the Kurla-Gorakhpur express train on June 25 and sent him to his mother’s village,” said Imran, who runs a medical shop in Mumbai.
Imran is nervous about his son because he believes the Indore, Mumbai or Jaipur police will fix his son in connection with the Jaipur blasts on May 13 as well.
“When the Jaipur and Ahmedabad blasts happened, Faisal called me... I know where he called me from,” said Imran. “I fear for my son’s life. He is not connected to any blasts but the police are in a mood to frame him.”
The police want Khan’s custody because they suspect his involvement in providing the cars used in the Ahmedabad blasts. The cars were stolen from Navi Mumbai.
While the Madhya Pradesh police have launched a fresh hunt for Khan, an Anti-Terrorism Squad team from the city is also in Indore.
Booked by the Indore police in 2006, Khan was out on bail when he disappeared. He attended all court hearings till May.
Imran has no clue how his son got involved with the banned Students Islamic Movement of India. All he knows is that there was a demonstration rally in Indore against the burning of the Quran in America in 2005 and Khan was at the front.
“The media took photographs. Since then ,the police have been after him,” said Imran.
(With inputs from P Naveen in Bhopal)