Gujarat Police dubs NGO coordinator as militant

Greater Kashmir / ZAHID MAQBOOL
Publish Date: Oct 12 2012 12:00PM

Srinagar, Oct 11: “Yeh Gujarat Hai Yehan Dekh Kay Chalna Padta Hai”, was the reply of Gujarat ATS chief when the family of Bashir Ahmed Baba, 30, approached him to know about the grounds of latter’s detention.
 On March 14, 2010, news was flashed across news channels: “ A terrorist from Kashmir was arrested in Gujarat.”
 “It was a shock for us. We could not believe that it was Bhaijan (Bashir Ahmad). He had gone there to attend a camp of the NGO with which he works. He did not call us for many days we thought he would be too busy”, said his visibly perturbed brother, Nazir Ahmed Baba.
 Nazir said his brother was working as camp coordinator in the Kimaaya Cleft Centre and had gone to Ahmadabad for cleft lip deformities training.
 Nazir said that Bashir used to call home regularly from STD booths and was staying in the hostel of the training center but suddenly he stopped calling. “He did not call us for many days, until he was shown on TV as a terrorist,” said Nazir.
 He said police presented Bashir before the media 15-days after he was arrested. “Police claimed that he was arrested in Anand district but the fact is that he and two others were arrested from a hostel in Ahmadabad,” claimed his brother, Nazir.
 According to media reports, police had claimed that Bashir Baba was an active Hizbul Mujahideen member and had come to Gujarat for recruitment of local youth on the directions of Hizb commanders Bilal Shera and General Abdullah.
  “We are totally shattered; we don’t have any money to fight the case. I have three unmarried sisters,” said Nazir, who works as a salesman in Lalchowk area of Srinagar.
 He said that no one had come forward to help them and they have been left to fend for themselves. “Recently Gujarat Police slapped harsh sections on my brother,” he said. “We approached everyone from politicians to police officials for help but no one has paid any heed towards our pleas,” said Nazir.
  “We had approached Chief Minister’s grievance cell with lot of hope but they refused to take up the matter saying that it had happened outside the state,” he added.