Deccan Chronicle

Impoverish­ed phone repairer among RPF shooter’s victims

- SYED OMAR FAROOQ I DC HYDERABAD, AUG. 1

One of the four persons who was shot dead by a Railway Protection Force (RPF) jawan on the Jaipur-mumbai Express on Monday, was from Hyderabad. Forty-twoyear-old Syed Saifuddin, a resident of A Battery Lines, Bazaar Ghat in Nampally, was returning after offering a ‘chaddar’ at the Khaja Garib Nawaz Ajmer Sharif dargah.

Saifuddin used to run a mobile phone repair kiosk at Gujarati galli near Koti and was stated to be under dire financial stress. He had gone along with 65-year-old Mohammed Jabbar had left home a week ago to the Ajmer dargah to offer special prayers to overcome financial hassles. They had taken the train to Mumbai to purchase mobile accessorie­s before heading home.

The RPF informed Safiuddin’s family of his death on Tuesday, calling his younger brother Syed Younusuddi­n to convey the news. In deep shock upon hearing the news, the family members initially believed that it might be case of a mistaken identity.

Later, Saifuddin’s uncle Wahid Pasha, who works in a local channel, confirmed the news. The victim’s wife Anjuman Fatima fell unconsciou­s on hearing the news. She was immediatel­y revived. “My husband has been going to the Khaja Garib Nawaz dargah and Mumbai for 13 years,” she said. “I am still waiting for him return home.”

The Mumbai RPF identified Saifuddin through his Aadhar card which had the address of his native place in Haleemapur of Bidar district. When they police visited Haleemapur, they were informed that Saifuddin had shifted to Hyderabad. They secured Younusuddi­n's contact number and informed him.

Nampally MIM legislator Jaffar Hussain Meraj who reached Saifuddin’s house on hearing the news said he would be travelling along with the victim’s brothers Yousufuddi­n and Younu0sudd­in to Mumbai later on Tuesday. They would take the body to

Haleemapur for the last rites. The MLA said he would be taking care of the expenses.

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi posted a tweet stating that Hussain was coordinati­ng with Maharashtr­a officials. He requested the Telangana Chief Minister’s Office and minister K.T. Rama Rao to support the bereaved family.

Saifuddin is survived by his wife Anjuman Fatima, and three daughters, Saifia Faima, 6, Anam Faima, 2, and an eight-month-old. He used to earn between `600 and `800 a day, his neighbour Mohammed Osman.

The family was unable to put Safia in school and had not paid the rent for

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 ?? P. SURENDRA ?? Top: Family members of Syed Saifullah, who was killed in Jaipur express firing, mourn his death at his house in Bazarghat in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
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P. SURENDRA Top: Family members of Syed Saifullah, who was killed in Jaipur express firing, mourn his death at his house in Bazarghat in Hyderabad on Tuesday. —
 ?? ?? Syed Saifuddin, a resident of Bazaar Ghat in Nampally, was returning after offering a ‘chaddar’ at Ajmer Sharif dargah.
Syed Saifuddin, a resident of Bazaar Ghat in Nampally, was returning after offering a ‘chaddar’ at Ajmer Sharif dargah.

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