The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Monday claimed that Javed Khan was indoctrinated by his uncle Afzal Usmani.
“Javed used to meet Usmani in Taloja jail. He used to spend hours in court to listen to the hearings. He also used to visit Usmani in Sabarmati jail in Gujarat. It was Usmani who had indoctrinated Javed. Since Javed was very close to Usmani, he had helped him in every possible way,” ATS chief Rakesh Maria said.
“Initially, Usmani’s brother used to visit him in jail. However, after sometime he stopped and Khan started visiting him,” said an ATS officer. The police got curious when a random check revealed that on September 20 (the day Usmani escaped), Khan, who stays in Dharavi, left his house around 1pm and informed his family members that since it was a Friday, he is going to offer namaz and would be back soon. “But, Khan did not return and hasn’t come back ever since,” the officer added.