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NIA quiz prompts suicide attempt

A 45-year-old Sithio resident, who was repeatedly interrogated by a National Investigation Agency (NIA) team probing the Patna serial blasts, attempted suicide on Sunday morning.

Mohammed Naushad, who felt humiliated by the constant grilling, hanged himself from the beam of his residence around 8am and would have died if his 10-year-old daughter Nasiba Ishrat had not raised an alarm.

Local residents said he was first rushed to HEC Plant Hospital, from where he was referred to RIMS in Ranchi.

Naushad, who is at present undergoing treatment at the neurosurgery ward, said: “The NIA officials were asking various questions, suspecting me to be a terrorist. I never had any links with terror outfits. It is extremely humiliating.”

He, however, did not disclose the questions that the team asked him.

“The team members came one by one and asked a number of questions. I do not want to talk about it,” he added.

Naushad stays with his wife Noorjahan Khatoon, daughter Nasiba, a Class VI student of Cambrian Public School in Dhurwa, and son Mohammed Naved, a Class III student of the same school.

Hospital authorities rubbished rumours that Naushad had tried to flee the premises. “Naushad is still undergoing treatment at RIMS. He never tried to flee as had been wrongly reported by a vernacular daily,” RIMS director Tulsi Mahto told The Telegraph.

Sithio, a village about 20km from the state capital, shot to limelight after four of its youths were linked to the Patna blasts.

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