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Sambhal (UP): Anger is palpable at Mohalla Deepa Sarai of Sambhal in UP, which is back in the news four years later.
Local residents are in the spotlight since a former resident Sanaul Haque was unmasked as Maulana Asim Umar, head of al-Qaida in the Indian subcontinent ( of Al-Qaida from QA . ) and one of the most wanted men on the list of security forces, in 2015.
According to locals, Sanaul's family was once very present in the area, his grandfather was the village chief, another ancestor was a defender of freedom. and his great-grandfather was a district magistrate under British rule. TOI spoke with Haque's brother, Rizwan, a teacher.
"We were told about his death on Tuesday by intelligence detectives. It has not been a shock for us since he left us in 1998, when he was only 18 years old. We have never heard from him since, "said Rizwan. The son of Irfan-ul-Haq and Ruqaiya, who lived in the town until a few years ago, Haque was promoted to prime minister by Al-Qaeda's president, Ayman al-Zawahiri. 2010. "For us, he died in 2009. when local investigators told us that he had joined a terrorist organization, "his mother, Ruqaiya, then aged 70, had told TOI in 2015.
In 2009, intelligence agents had landed at their home in Sambhal to inform the family of his son, who had been missing since the time of 11 at the time and presumed dead, worked for terrorist organizations, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Al-Qaida .
Haq's father, Irfan-ul-Haq, then aged 75, had immediately made announcements in the local newspaper that disavowed his son.
The old man died in 2017. After their two other sons were arrested by intelligence detectives, Ruqaiya left Mohalla Deepa Sarai forever. According to neighbors, she told us that she would live with her other son, an engineer in Delhi.
Sanaul Haque, who, according to his family, studied until grade VIII, would have graduated from Darul Uloom Deoband. However, the famous Islamic seminary categorically denied any former student of that name.
"We have carefully checked our records and found no former students named Sanaul Haque," Darul Uloom spokesman Ashraf Usmani told TOI. After finishing his studies, he wanted to go to West Asia to continue his studies and asked 1 lakh to his father, which he refused.
After an argument with them, he left his house in 1998 and never came back. The new head of AQIS in 2010 was finally linked to Sanaul Haque through two of his relatives arrested in 2015.
Mohammad Asif, head of AQIS training and recruitment, was arrested by Delhi police in Seelampur and took over Zafar Masood. by a team from Sambhal-Moradabad road in December 2015. They were both from Mohall Deepa Sarai.
According to the intelligence services, the three men had traveled to Pakistan via Iran in 2012 and had been trained in a jihadist camp in Miranshah. Back home, in Deepa Sarai, in Sambhal, residents regretted the association of Haque with the region.

This article appeared first (in English) on THE TIMES OF INDIA