“He is just a 17-year-old boy, what terror activity could he be involved in? I am stunned at the thought of his involvement in any such plot, because he hardly left the city,” said a teary-eyed Raees Ahmed, father of Abdur Raheman, who was held by a team of UP Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from his house in Shamli’s Jhinjhana early on Thursday morning.
While the family said Raheman is just a teenager, and show his Aadhaar card as proof, police claimed that he is in his early twenties.
A copy of the boy’s Aadhaar card, with TOI, shows that his date of birth is January 1, 2000.
Raheman was born and brought up in Talayi mohalla of Jhinjhana and used to study at a madrassa here.
He was held by a team of UP ATS with the help of local police from a mosque in Jhinjhana at 6am on Thursday morning.
“He was at the mosque to offer namaz early in the morning, when police picked him up from there and brought him home. Police also checked our house and not only took Abdur but also some Urdu books and all the cellphones that we had at home – five in number,” said Ahmed, who has a small ration shop in Shamli.Scared by the number of cops who arrived at their house, the family is in a state of shock. Mohd Ali, Abdur’s cousin, said, “Abdur’s mother has refused to eat anything, while his father went to the mosque to offer namaz for his wellbeing.”