Tell me where my husband is: terror suspect`s wife

The wife of an engineer from Bihar, who was picked up in Saudi Arabia for alleged terror links, has decided to knock the doors of the court.

New Delhi: The wife of an engineer from Darbhanga in Bihar, who was picked up by officials from his home in Jubail in Saudi Arabia for alleged terror links, has decided to knock at the doors of the courts here to locate his whereabouts.

While media reports here a few days ago, quoting unnamed sources, had cited an Indian Mujahideen terror link behind the arrest of Fasih Mahmood and his deportation, no authority in India seems to know anything about him `officially`.

"At least tell us where Fasih is," is the refrain of his young wife Nikhat Parveen, who has been running from pillar to post, just to know the whereabouts of her husband and whose custody he is in.

Fasih, 29, was picked up from his home in Saudi Arabia, where he had been working for five years.

The family and friends are now planning to knock the doors of courts as a last resort.

"We have written to every possible authority -- from Ministry of External Affairs to Home, to Bihar and Karnataka governments to the Saudi embassy in India. But nobody is telling us anything about it. If he was wanted in any case tell us the charges, if he was not, consider him a missing person," Parveen, who was with Fasih when he was picked up in Saudi Arabia, told PTI here.

The family also approached authorities in Karnataka in view of the fact that he had studied there and the state police had made some arrests from Bihar recently.

On May 13, according to her, a group of Saudi and Indian officials in civilian clothes searched their house in Jubail in Dammam, confiscated a laptop and mobile phone and informed them that Fasih has to be deported as he is wanted in India.

Shocked by the sudden turn of events, 22-year-old Parveen, who had married Fasih in September last year and had joined him in Saudi only in March, first contacted the Indian embassy. Failing to get any information from there, she returned to India on May 15.

"The MEA responded to my letters, but their Gulf section said they had no information on the issue and was awaiting details from the Indian mission. We met Home Secretary RK Singh, who said he knew nothing about such a person. The CBI chief too says they know nothing," she claimed barely managing to keep her composure.

Back home in Barsamela village in Darbhanga, the family of Fasih, who had obtained a BTech degree from a Bhatkal college in Karnataka, is shocked at the allegations of Indian Mujahideen links in media reports.

Fasih`s father is a doctor with the Bihar government while his mother is the headmistress of a primary school.

"Fasih is very good as a human being, the people of his village -- be it from any community -- vouch for him," says Parveen.

"It is our right to know what charges he is up against and where is he being held. He cannot be held just because he is from a particular village or because he has a degree from a college in Bhatkal," she says.
A family friend, who is helping Parveen out in New Delhi, claims Fasih is the 14th such arrest from Darbhanga district in the past few months.