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Telgi attends mother's funeral

By Our Staff Correspondent

KHANAPUR (BELGAUM DISTRICT), JAN. 12. Abdul Kareem Telgi, prime accused in the multi-crore stamp paper racket, was brought here on Wednesday by the Maharashtra police to attend his mother's funeral. Shariefabee Ladsaab Telgi (75) died of old age at KLE Hospital in Belgaum on Monday.

Abdul Kareem Telgi and his brother, Azim Telgi, were arrested about four years ago and are in jail since then.

Presently, Abdul Kareem Telgi and Azim Telgi, and their nephews, Tabrez and Parvez, are in Yerwada jail in Pune.

With the Special MCOCA court allowing the Telgis to attend the funeral, they were brought here by an armed team consisting of 25 police personnel.

A member of the team told The Hindu that the van carrying the Telgis left Yerwada jail at 1.45 a.m. on Wednesday and reached Khanapur (via Satara) at 10.30 a.m.

The Telgis were kept at the Inspection Bungalow in the town for some time and brought to their home at about 12.45 p.m.

Later, they all participated in the funeral procession which was attended by a large number of people, including their relatives and friends.

After the funeral at 3.30 p.m., they were again taken back home.

At about 5.15 p.m. the Maharashtra police along with the Telgis left Khanapur for Pune.

Isthiaque and Babloo, sons of the late Rahim Telgi, brother of Abdul Kareem Telgi, brought the body of their grandmother to the house from the hospital at about 10.45 a.m.

Pain

More than the death of Shariefabee Ladsaab Telgi, the family members are pained over the fact that her desire to see her sons and grandsons was not realised. The family had made a plea in the Special MCOCA court in Pune to allow Abdul Kareem Telgi and Azim Telgi to visit Khanapur to see their mother. Though the court had permitted the family to see the Telgis at Yerwada jail it had denied permission to the brothers to visit Khanapur.

The family felt that speaking to the brothers from a distance and under dim light in the visitors' room in the jail would be of no use for Shariefabee who had a weak sight and was also hard of hearing.

Talking on behalf of the family, Batul Rahim Telgi, wife of the late Rahim Telgi, brother of Abdul Kareem Telgi, said that Shariefabee was longing to see her sons and grandsons.

What worries most for the Telgi family now is the future of their children, especially the daughters. Abdul Kareem Telgi has a daughter, Sanah, who completed her SSLC last year, and is college in Bangalore. Azim Telgi has two sons and two daughters, all of whom are going to school in Khanapur town.

Rahim Telgi, who died about 11 months ago, has four sons. Of them, Tabrez and Parvez, are also accused in the stamp paper racket and housed in Yerwada jail along with Abdul Kareem Telgi and Azim Telgi. The other two, Isthiaque and Babloo, are going to a college in Khanapur.

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