We were kept in the dark, says Fasih family

To the family of Fasih Mehmood, news about his deportation from Saudi Arabia and arrest in New Delhi came only from journalists or television channels. Information remained as vague as it had been in the last few months since the Saudi agencies reportedly picked him up.

"We have got no official intimation on what is happening with Fasih what is the basis for picking him up," said his wife, Nikhat Parveen, on Monday. "We found out through TV reporters who called us," she added.

Nikhat, who is eight months pregnant, boarded a train for Delhi from Darbhanga today.

The only time the family got any information was in June, when the Karnataka government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court in response to a habeas corpus petition by Nikhat.

Fasih's brother, Sabih, who has quit his job in the Middle East to be with his mother, heard about the deportation and arrest from television channels.

Accompanied by Fasih's advocate, he reached Tis Hazari court in the capital and waited in vain for his brother to be produced. Only in the evening did the family receive a call from the Delhi Police Special Cell, saying the advocate could meet Fasih in police custody on Tuesday morning.

Since Fasih's last call from Saudi Arabia months ago, "we don't know what has been happening", Sabih said.

In Barh Samaila village in Darbhanga, Fasih's father is relieved that some news has finally come but questions why he was "kept in illegal detention" for over five months.

"I have heard the news from TV. The investigating agency does not have the courtesy to inform us. Though I am happy to finally hear some news about my son, I am not sure of a fair investigation," said Firoz Ahmed, a government doctor.

Fasih's mother, Amra Jamal, is a schoolteacher; she is accompanying Nikhat on the train to Delhi.

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