Family meets convicted JeM terrorist claiming him as their lost son

Lucknow : A dalit family from Meerut met a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist lodged in the Lucknow jail who it had claimed was their lost son.

“The meeting lasted 50 minutes,” Jail Superintendent Shashikant Mishra told PTI.

“They exchanged some words,” he said, refusing to divulge further details.

The district administration allowed the family members to meet the convicted terrorist Abid in the presence of senior officials of the special task force, anti-terror squad and local intelligence unit.

Permission was granted after the family members met senior officials in the Lucknow administration and submitted a memorandum claiming that one of the convicted terrorists, Mohammad Abid alias Fatte, is their son Pravin Jatav, who has been missing since May 5, 2006.

The family’s claim had a come a day after a special court sentenced the three alleged members of JeM to life imprisonment.

Mahesh Devi and her son Pawan had claimed that Pravin was her lost son whom they had identified from a photograph.

“When the photographs of the three JeM men held guilty by the court on June 30, 2016 appeared in newspapers on July 1 in Meerut, we realised that Pravin and Abid hold an uncanny resemblance. Thereafter, we came to Lucknow to meet Abid,” Pawan said.

“My son was a contractual driver who went missing in 2006. We wrote to the Human Rights Commission and also filed a petition in the high court (to help him trace him), but nothing happened. He was 27 then,” Mahesh had Devi said.

The family was not available for comments today.

A special court had on June 30 convicted Mohammed Abid alias Fatte, Mirza Rashid Beg alias Raza Kazzafi and Shaifurrahman alias Yusuf of “plotting to kill innocent people in the country in order to create an atmosphere of terror”.

The quantum of punishment was pronounced on July 14.

According to police, the three JeM men were Pakistani nationals and were kept in Lucknow jail after their arrest in November 2007 from Sitapur road following an encounter when they were on their way to Lucknow.

Three pistols, two AK-47 rifles, 60 live cartridges, 16 hand grenades, 4kg RDX and fake I-cards were recovered from them.

Police claimed the operation was carried out following intelligence inputs that some

Pakistani nationals, who were members of JeM, had sneaked into the country in order to free their associates lodged in Indian jails.

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