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SIMI refutes charges
|The latest issue of SIMI's organ, Islamic Movement (October 2000), throws elaborate light on all these issue, including the AMU episode.
On the Allahabad issue it says that no anti-national or provocative questions were asked in the quiz competition organized on 10 September. It was said that two questions and their answers listed in it were highly provocative. With every question there were four answers and one of these was right. One of the questions, 'said to be provocative' was: 'When Hindu fundamentalists demolished Babri Masjid?' The answers listed below were 6 December 1992, 16 December 1992, 6 September 1990 and 16 September 1990. The second 'provocative' question was: what does Jihad mean? The answers listed were: struggle according to the Qur'an, demolishing temples, struggle for earning livelihood and struggle for namaz. According to the Islamic Movement the authorities publicized only one answer in order to show that it was 'provocative.'
On the question of the press conference in Lakhimpur Khiri on 7 September, the organ says that no objectionable thing was uttered in the press conference and everything was reported in the press next day.
The organ also says that undue haste was shown in confiscating the properties of those accused in these cases. It says that in the name of confiscation of properties the police took away even doors and windows of the house of Bobbi in Jamalpur and of Raees in Fafala.
The organ also says that SIMI does not believe in terrorism and its cadres have nothing to do with what is being alleged. It says that SIMI moulds the lives of Muslims youths as per the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah.
It is difficult to understand as to why the SIMI has a habit of speaking out on controversial issues. Its general secretary Safdar Nagori’s statement in Lucknow that ‘SIMI supports Jihad and that Osama is not terrorist’ has received flak from all corners. The statements on Kashmir have also been very controversial.