‘Shocked’ at arrest, Munif’s family says cops had planned to make him witness

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The family members of Munif Memon, one of the three suspects arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Wednesday in connection with the J M Road blasts, said they were shocked by his arrest as the police had earlier told them that they were planning to make Munif a witness in the same case.

For the last six to seven years, his mother Yasmin Memon said, Munif had been working at tailoring shop Options by Feroze, owned by Syed Feroze who was arrested by the Delhi Police in October in connection with the J M Road blasts that took place on August 1. After the blasts, the Delhi Police had detained Munif for inquiry and had promised the family that "there was nothing to worry about" as they were planning to make him a witness in the case, said Yasmin.

"We are shocked by his arrest. Since December 25, he had been missing and we did not know where he was . We got to know of his arrest through media reports," said Yasmin, who stays in their fourth-floor flat at Global Heights building in Bhagyoday Nagar, Kondhwa.

"Munif had worked at Feroze's tailoring shop for six to seven years, till the time Feroze was arrested. After that, he quit that job and started to work from home. He used do the cutting at home and supply the cloth back to tailoring shops in the Camp area on contract basis," said Yasmin.

She said Munif got married five years ago and had been living in the same Kondhwa house with his wife and two children. Iqbal Memon, Munif's father, runs a small footwear shop in Pune Camp.

"He is innocent and the police are trying to frame him. We are sure that he is not involved in any anti-national activity. None from our family could even think of committing such an act. His only mistake was his association with Feroze. Is it a crime to work for somebody?" Yasmin asked.

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