Son in law

Blasts accused Saquib Nachan’s son scores 80% in SSC; wants to fulfil his father’s dream and become a lawyer

BRIGHT FUTURE: Shamil Nachan after his SSC results yesterday. He is eager to see his father Saquib in Thane central prison tomorrow      PIC/VINOD KUMAR MENON

Saquib Nachan, the 2002-03 blasts accused, may have only courted trouble, but his son Shamil is charting a different course.

Shamil, who received his SSC results yesterday, scored 79.84 per cent and is determined to fulfil his father’s dream and become a lawyer.

Shamil is now eager to meet his father in Thane central prison tomorrow and share the good news with him.

Deep faith

Shamil (15) has spent only about a year-and-a-half with his father between Saquib’s times in jail (see Behind bars), but has complete faith in him. “My father is innocent.

He used to always advise people to avoid vices and trouble. But the government failed to recognise the good he was trying to do,” said Shamil.

Shamil, who has always done well academically, said, “The only time I fared miserably was in my Std VII final exams in 2003, when Abbu was taken away.

I had gone to write my maths paper and came back to find that Abbu had surrendered before the court.”

For justice

Shamil is now all set to make his father’s dream come true. Saquib wants his son to be a lawyer, so that “police brutalities” on innocent villagers can be questioned.

The Muslim-dominated Borivli village in Padgha (on the Mumbai-Nasik highway) has always been under the police and intelligence scanner.

There have been just four lawyers from Padgha so far, but none of them practised there. “The villagers still don’t have anyone to fight for them,” said Shamil’s grandfather Hamid.

“I have lost my childhood because of my father’s arrest. Our family had to move out from Padgha to a rented apartment in Mumbra,” said Shamil, explaining why law is his choice.

Family legacy

Shamil, however, is not the only boy in the Nachan family to do well. His elder brother Asif is pursuing an engineering degree in electronics and telecommunications.

His uncle Azim, Saquib’s younger brother, was an engineer. And Saquib is a Commerce graduate.

But doing well academically has not helped the Nachan boys. Their neighbours in Mumbra are still keen on seeing them leave, as the surname Nachan only spells trouble for them, concluded Hamid.

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