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Osama no terrorist: State SIMI chief

STATE SIMI president Mohd Aamir waited for five years for the political atmosphere to get congenial for his surrender. Now, all he wants from the Mulayam Singh Yadav government is withdrawal of the treachery case slapped by Bajaria police ? the only hurdle between him and his freedom..

india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 01:34 IST

STATE SIMI president Mohd Aamir waited for five years for the political atmosphere to get congenial for his surrender. Now, all he wants from the Mulayam Singh Yadav government is withdrawal of the treachery case slapped by Bajaria police — the only hurdle between him and his freedom..

Hindustan Times caught hold of this once most-wanted man on the court campus for a tete-a-tete on his ‘controversial surrender’. Though surprised how his surrender information leaked out, Aamir talked frankly and named Dr Abrar Ahmed, another accused in the March 16 riots, as the one who arranged his surrender. On the other hand, though Dr Abrar admitted to have met Aamir, he denied any role in his surrender.

“All these years I waited for the government policy related to us to change. Dr Abrar called me up one day to say things have changed and I can surrender.

Now I’ve, like the other accused, secured bail in most cases, only the treachery case is left. By the grace of Allah I will get past it too,” he said.

What is it that he now expects from state government? His instant riposte was: it should withdraw the treachery case.

“You all know some BJP leaders are responsible for all our ordeals. We were all implicated. Allah one day will answer all our prayers and these oppressors will bite the dust,” he said.

Does he still idolise Osama bin Laden the same way SIMI cadres used to pre-ban? “Tell me what you feel about him. He’s not a terrorist. He’s just an enemy of the United States and not India. He’s doing great service to the humanity by taking the US head-on. This is my view and it hardly matters to me how my opinion is considered,” he said.

Did the SIMI leadership help him during his troubled times and was he still loyal to the outfit and its ideology? While denying any help, Aamir said, “The association with SIMI changed my life. I understood my religion well and abide by its teaching. SIMI made me a good community man.”

It was here a constable cut short the conversation and pushed him back in the cell.