Labelled by ATS as IS man, family of Azamgarh youth calls it frame-up

NEW DELHI: Family members of 25-year-old Sabahuddin, who was arrested by India’s Anti-Terror Squad (ATS), has rejected the allegations of terror activities levelled against him saying that he was implicated.

A delegation of civil rights group Rihai Manch met Sabahuddin’s brothers Salahuddin and Nuruddin at his residence in Azamagarh’s Amilo town. They told the delegation that their brother is innocent.

The ATS claimed that Sabahuddin was working for the terror group IS and was planning to carry out a blast during Indian Independence Day. It also said that he was also planning to target RSS members.

Talking about Sabahuddin’s arrests, his family members said that a team of 12-13 people in plain-clothes along with a constable came to their house around 9 O’clock on August 3. They inquired about their family members for a long time while Sabahuddin was busy making preparations to contest local elections. The team talked about making Sabahuddin a member of the peace committee in view of the Muharram-ul-Haram.

The family member said that the team interrogated Sabahuddin and carried out searches at his home. Then, they said that one of Sabahuddin’s friends talked with a girl. We are taking Sabahuddin for the interrogation in this regard and will leave him after an hour. Then on 9 August, the family came to know that he was arrested.

As per the family, the ATS has taken away the screwdriver, tester, wire-cutter, wire and the nails from his house. The ATS also confiscated the mobile phone of three family members along with Sabahuddin.

In its press note on the arrest, the ATS claimed, “We found evidence that Sabahuddin was linked to Telegram channel, AL-SAQR media, which is used by the IS to brainwash Muslim youth for terror and jihad.”

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