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