The father of a dead Indian man who pledged allegiance to ISIS and was allegedly involved in a train attack that left 10 people injured on Tuesday has refused to accept his body — saying a “traitor” is no son to him.
“One who indulges in anti-national activities can’t be my son,” explained Sartaj, dad of Saifullah, who was shot dead by police near the Indian city of Lucknow, a day after the terror strike.
“It’s that straightforward,” he told The Times of India on Wednesday. “We will absolutely not accept a traitor’s body. He has brought infamy not only to us but to the whole nation, therefore we will not accept his body for last rites.”
Saifullah, who was said to be in his 20s, was allegedly part of a newly-formed ISIS cell in Kanpur — which was made up of at least nine members, including two of his cousins, NDTV reports.
On Tuesday, the group unleashed the first-ever ISIS attack in India — injuring 10 people aboard a passenger train in Madhya Pradesh with a low-intensity bomb, according to TOI.