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Parliament gesture good message for nation: Saifullah's father

In the Lok Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh saluted Sartaj's decision amid thumping of desks by members of the House.

Published: 09th March 2017 07:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th March 2017 07:09 PM   |  A+A-

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File photo of the Indian Parliament. | PTI

KANPUR: Slain terror suspect Saifullah's father Mohammed Sartaj today expressed gratitude to the Parliament lauding his refusal to accept his son's body, saying it sent out a "good message".

In the Lok Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh saluted Sartaj's decision amid thumping of desks by members of the House.

"The government is proud of him (Sartaj) and I am sure Parliament too is," Singh said.

Reacting to the gesture, Saifullah said, "We thank them for this and it is a matter of happiness that they have acknowledged our decision. It is a good message for the country."

"It is a big gesture to laud a small man's decision, and sends out a good message to all countrymen," Sartaj, who lives in Kanpur, told reporters.

"A traitor cannot be my son, straight and simple," Sartaj had said about his son Saifullah, a suspected ISIS terrorist who was killed in an encounter with the Uttar Pradesh Police yesterday in Lucknow after a 12-hour gunfight.

Sartaj had refused to take Saifullah's body, saying, "A traitor cannot be related to me, let alone be my son."



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