Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday lauded slain terrorist Saifullah’s father Sartaj, saying that the latter’s refusal to take his son’s body in national interest made him proud.
“Proud of father that refused to take his son’s body in national interest,” the minister said in Lok Sabha.
Singh said when the police approached his father, the latter said if he was not the country’s, how could he be his father.
The minister said the he showed sympathy to Sartaj, and urged the House to express the same.
A traitor cannot be my son, straight and simple,” had said Sartaj, the father of suspected ISIS terrorist Saifullah who was killed in an encounter with the Uttar Pradesh police on Wednesday.
Sartaj had refused to take the body of his slain son, saying, “A traitor cannot be related to me, let alone be my son.”
Saifullah was killed in Lucknow this morning in an exchange of fire with the police after a 12-hour stand-off. He was suspected to be linked with the blast in the Bhopal-Ujjain train yesterday, police said.