Haque’s dad put ads in news­pa­per in 2009 to dis­own him

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Na­tion -

In 2009, in­tel­li­gence agents had landed at their house in Samb­hal to in­form the fam­ily that their son, miss­ing for 11years at the time and pre­sumed dead, was ac­tu­ally work­ing for ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions Tehreek-e-Tal­iban Pak­istan and al-Qaida. Haque’s fa­ther, Ir­fan-ul-Haq, who was then 75, had im­me­di­ately given ad­ver­tise­ments in lo­cal news­pa­per dis­own­ing his son.

The old man died in 2017 and after their other two sons were picked up by in­tel­li­gence sleuths for ques­tion­ing, Ruqaiya left Mo­halla Deepa Sarai for­ever. Ac­cord­ing to neigh­bours, she told us that she would be liv­ing with his other son, who is an en­gi­neer in Delhi.

Sanaul Haque, who, ac­cord­ing to his fam­ily, stud­ied till Class VIII, is said to have grad­u­ated from Darul Uloom Deoband. How­ever, the renowned Is­lamic sem­i­nary has cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nied any alum­nus of that name. “We have thor­oughly checked our records and did not find any alum­nus by the name of Sanaul Haque,” Darul Uloom spokesper­son Ashraf Us­mani told TOI.

After com­plet­ing his stud­ies, he wanted to go to West Asia for fur­ther stud­ies and sought Rs 1 lakh from his fa­ther, which he re­fused. After a quar­rel with them, he left his house in 1998 and never re­turned. The AQIS’s newly ap­pointed head in 2010 was fi­nally linked to Sanaul Haque through two of his rel­a­tives who were ar­rested in 2015.

Mo­ham­mad Asif, train­ing and re­cruit­ment chief of AQIS, was ar­rested by Delhi po­lice from See­lam­pur and Za­far Ma­sood was picked up by a team from Samb­hal-Mo­rad­abad road in December 2015. They were both orig­i­nally res­i­dents of Mo­hall Deepa Sarai.

Ac­cord­ing to in­tel­li­gence agen­cies, the three had trav­elled to Pak­istan through Iran in 2012 and had been trained at a ji­hadist camp in Mi­ran­shah. Back home in Samb­hal’s Deepa Sarai, the res­i­dents re­sent Haque’s as­so­ci­a­tion with the area.

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