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Aseemanand wept bitterly on learning the plights of victims

Hyderabad: Kaleem, after his release on bail following Swami Aseemanand’s confession, told reporters: “someone had informed Aseemanand that I (Kaleem) was a suspect in Mecca Masjid blast and was lodged in jail for a period of 18 months. Later on, one day Aseemanand approached me with saying “salam” and wanted me to forgive him because I had to undergo a lot of suffering for his deeds. I told him that he should not seek my forgiveness but of those innocent families whose dear ones were killed in the blast.”

According to Kaleem, Aseemanand expressed his determination to seek forgiveness of all the families who suffered because of him. He said that he would do something so that such events did not recur again. After his release from jail he would dedicate his life for the service of such families whose members were either killed or falsely incarcerated, he told Kaleem.

After this conversation, says Kaleem, we had several meetings. He spoke to me from ten to twelve o’clock. He enquired about the surviving members of each deceased and what was police’s conduct with those who were arrested. Kaleem told him whatever he knew. “He listened to me very seriously and began weeping bitterly.” During this period the CBI had taken him several times for interrogation.

On one such meeting, he told Kaleem that he had confessed his crime in the court. He said that he has given his statement to the judge and has also written a letter to the President of India confessing his crime.

Kaleem believes that Aseemanand’s was a voluntary confession and was not because of any kind of coercion. It is only police that takes a statement during remand (and not a judge). About himself, Kaleem does not claim any glory and expresses his humility as an ordinary person. He respected Aseemanand in a way as an elderly person deserves respect. On a question whether he was ever angry on Aseemanand, he replied that he nursed anger but after his apology he became calm.

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-28 February 2011 on page no. 4

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