An Indian-Punjabi shopkeeper Jagmon Singh
tried to stop the convicted terrorist from stealing the knife which he used for stabbing leaving two injured on Sunday.
Singh was in the shop where terrorist Sudesh Amman came in hastily to steal a knife before using it to stab a woman in the back.
Then the 20-year-old Sri Lankan origin Islamic State (ISIS) inspired Londoner went further on to attack another man, who suffered life-threatening injuries. The man is in hospital but has been declared out of danger.
On Monday, Jagmon Singh’s brother revealed that his brother tried to grab the knife from Sudesh’s hand, believing him to be shoplifter. But Sudesh fled out of the store on Streatham High Road on Sunday.
“My brother recognised him because he had come in the week before and didn’t buy anything,” Kiranjeet Singh told a local daily.
“My brother said he grabbed a ceramic 10-inch kitchen knife that was hanging by the till. He walked in, took the knife, saw nobody was looking and ran out. He removed the packaging then stabbed the woman in the back. It was completely random then he started running,” said the 38-year-old.
Sudesh was released halfway through a three-year terrorism prison sentence under parole conditions. He had been under surveillance since his release following his sentence for terrorism offences in December 2018.
Describing Sudesh as a “polite and lovely boy”, his mother Haleema Faraz Khan told that her son had been “brainwashed” by the material he saw online.
Haleema Faraz Khan last visited her son at the hostel last week.
Sudesh’s mother told that her son had been further radicalized by his time in the high-security Belmarsh prison in south-east London.
When Khan first heard an attack had taken place, she “had a feeling” her son was responsible because it was in south London.
“I saw it on the TV, that’s when I knew it was him. His name was there. That was the first time I heard. He didn’t answer his phone, I tried to ring him [after the attack],” Khan told Sky News.
Originally from Sri Lanka, Haleema Faraz Khan and her family is now based in Bedfordshire in East England.
Sudesh had pleaded guilty to the possession and dissemination of terrorist material. And it emerged in the court that he had shared an ISIS-related beheading material on social media.
During a speech in London on Monday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “We are bringing forward legislation to stop the system of automatic early release. The difficulty is how to apply retrospectively to the cohort of people who currently qualify.”
“It is time to take action to ensure, irrespective of the law we are bringing in, people in the current stream don’t qualify automatically for early release,” Johnson said.
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