Eighty-year-old Mir Aainuddin, father of alleged terror handler Habibur Rahaman, said Monday his son needed to be severely punished as per the law of the country for sedition and anti-national activities.

Habibur Rahaman, a member of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group, was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Delhi airport on Monday.

“I am an Indian. My country is above my son. He should be meted out exemplary punishment if he is involved in terror. I have not been in touch with him for the past 12 years. I am ready to be punished at this age if my complicity is found in my son’s wrong deeds,” said the octogenarian Mir Aainuddin.

Ainuddin, a native of Mirmahala hamlet in Tendakuda gram panchayat under Patkura police station, said: “Habib was my eldest son. I had no inkling whatsoever that he has got associated with a terror outfit.”

Ainuddin said Habibur was a good wielding mechanic. He had left for Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1988 when he was 24 years old. “He  settled down in Mumbai and had two wives. Later, he had moved to Saudi Arabia for better income,” he added.

Habibur had come to the village to attend younger brother Ziaur’s wedding in 2006.

“Since then he has never come to the village as we had disowned him for his second marriage which was an inter-religion one. Since then, all family ties  had been severed with him,” said Mir Aainuddin.

He added: “I got the shock of my life when NIA team summoned us in January last. We were told that Habibur’s nexus with terror outfit is suspected. We had told the investigators that Habib had entirely cut off relation with family since 2006.”

Aainuddin said he was a matter of “deep shock as a father” to know that his son was linked with subversive elements. “He (Habibur) has given us and our village a bad name. He deserves punishment for it,” he said.