But the family of the 17-year-old living near Ranchi said it would not travel to Bihar’s capital to receive the body.
“We have decided that we do not want to do anything about him. I am not even inclined to respond to the correspondence received from Patna asking us to receive his body. He is a Muslim, I trust the police there to keep our final rites in mind when burying his body,” said the second of Tariq’s nine siblings, who did not want to be identified by name.
Tariq, a resident of Ranchi’s Sithio village, was injured in a blast on platform 10 of the Patna station. Investigating agencies allege he was in a restroom on the platform with fellow Sithio resident Imtiaz Ansari, 28, preparing the explosives that they intended to set off.
Imtiaz, who escaped unhurt, was arrested by the Patna police. He is the only one to have identified Tariq’s as the latter never recovered to talk to the police or NIA.
Investigating agencies have also referred to Tariq as Ainul, a name never used by his family.
This led to confusion as the family did not even know for sure whether it was Tariq who was battling for life at the Indira Gandhi Medical Institute.
“I don’t even want to know whether it is him. We want to move on from what he has done. If he is declared innocent later, we will worry about it then,” said the brother, who said the decision was made by the family and not due to any external pressure.
Tariq passed his matriculation in 2012 and had been working as a painter. The brother said he does not know when the youngster left for Patna. “I had gone with some community elders to meet a family about the possibility of arranging my marriage. When I returned, he was not at home,” he said.
Tariq had started following the teachings of Ahle-Hadees, like the three other suspects, only about a year back. He remained the only member of the family to do so. “He constantly tried to make us follow his way of thinking, but none of us