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Indian Mujahideen suspect won't sell his properties in UAE

Tuesday, 6 May 2014 - 7:40am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

The alleged Indian Mujahideen operative, Faizan Ahmad Sultan, presently in custody of National Investigation Agency and his son Fahad, who was released after three months in detention, would not sell of his properties in the UAE, even as the visa of all family members has been canceled.

The businesses run by the family are likely to be handled by Sultan's son-in-law, who is also based in the UAE. Sultan alias Faizan Azmi, owns two hotels in Dubai and Sharjah, four embroidery shops and a laundry. The businesses were run jointly by the father-son duo.

As visas of the family members of both Faizan and his son have been cancelled, they would be back in India any time this week.

"The families can no longer live in the UAE. They will come back and their business is likely to be run by Sameer, son-in-law of Faizan, who is also based in the UAE," advocate Mumtaz-uz-Zaman Azmi, father-in-law of Fahad told dna, while pleading his innocence. Sultan's another daughter is based in Mumbai.

Fahad was allegedly detained by police in Ajman emirate of the UAE along with his father on February 5 this year, and were kept under detention until May 3, when the duo was deported from the UAE. Later only Sultan was produced before the NIA court in Delhi and Fahad was released on May 4.

NIA claimed that they never detained anybody other than Faizan and Fahad was just asked to be present at the agency office. The investigating agency believes that Sultan was logistics man of IM in the UAE and he could be helpful in unraveling the larger conspiracy exposing the IM networks. He will be produced before the court on May 10 after expiry of his six day custody.

"Fahad has not met his wife and two children for three months and he was also not allowed to meet his father during detention," Mumtaz-uz-Zaman added.

According to Fahad, they were kept in the same building in Abu Dhabi for three months but they could only meet each other at airport in May, when they were being deported to India. "They made us sit in partitioned back seat of the car handcuffed. We could not even hear each other's voice," Fahad told Mumtaz-uz-Zaman, after being released from custody on Sunday.

"The detention of my son-in-law was completely illegal and the irony is that they are even denying that he was with them," lamented Zaman, who has camped in Delhi, to receive his daughter and other family members of Sultan.

The defence counsel for Sultan, maintained that the arrest was politically motivated as it was executed just before the Azamgarh elections, from where Sultan hails from.




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