The family of an Indian doctor arrested in connection with a British car bomb plot insisted he was innocent, saying he was flying home to see his infant daughter when he was held, the Times of India reported on Wednesday.
The suspect, Mohammed Haneef, 27, was detained in Australia in connection with failed car bombings in London and an attempted attack on Glasgow airport last Friday and Saturday.
“Just because he is a Muslim, he is being targeted,” The Times quoted Hanif’s wife, Firdous, who had just emerged from hospital after delivering her baby, as saying.
The family said Haneef had been flying home to see his daughter, who had been born a week earlier.
One of the professors who taught Haneef at the B.R. Ambedkar Medical College in Bangalore, meanwhile, said the faculty had been shocked by the news of his arrest, describing him as a “quiet, sober” person.
Haneef was arrested as he tried to leave Australia on a one-way ticket late Monday.
British authorities announced that a total of eight people had been detained in connection with the failed attacks, including one abroad.
Haneef had called his wife Monday and told her he was coming home to Bangalore.
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His mother and sister said he had never harmed anyone and had taken care of the entire family, including a brother and a sister, after his father’s death 10 years ago in a road accident.
“I have confidence he will be proved innocent,” the mother, Qurrathulain, told the Times of India. “I pray to Allah.”
Haneef graduated with a degree in medicine in 2002 from the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, to which the B.R. Ambedkar Medical College is affiliated.