Slain terror suspect Saifullah's father Mohammed Sartaj expressed gratitude to the Parliament for acknowledging his refusal to accept his son's body, claiming 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 on Wednesday 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."