Samah Bin Masoor, a well known amil (sorcerer), whose massive family tree has branches spread across most of Old City vows to convert doubting muslims to saffron supporters
The Saffron party could not have got a bigger ambassador than this amil (sorcerer). Samah Bin Masoor alias Sumah Chaush, the 60-year-old amil, along with his massive family, counting up to 100 members including several wives, joined the BJP a few days ago.
Amil, a familiar figure in Moghulpura of the Old City, vows to be an evangelist converting the ‘misinformed’ minority community to the ‘well-meaning’ BJP. Amil has never had a political position before. The man was roped in by the party’s minority morcha leader Mohd Haneefali.
Amil, who has several cases of black magic registered against him is unfazed. He was taken into custody in March with two of his several sons and a wife for alleged sorcery conducted on young victims.
The Amil says that he officially married four wives but people around count his wives to 24! Children and grandchildren would be around 100 (no one is sure, though his children are spread over the whole City).
Amil has his ‘treatment centre’ at Moghulpura near Asra Hospital. His last arrest was based on a complaint by one Rubia, 38, of Moghulpura who said she was financially and physically
“BJP is a secular party. Far more secular than the Congress and others. I want to tell my brethren about the false propaganda against the BHP, VHP and RSS. They are not against Muslims. Only the BJP is transparent in its deal with minority and it does not show a double face like the Congress,” he said. His stance sent a glow across the saffron front.
Samah Chaush told Postnoon that he had taken the decision after careful consideration of the BJP and its political philosophy. “The BJP has done a lot for the minority welfare but it has never received the return favour.” BJP leader Kishan Reddy who was present to induct the Amil into the party Seemed overwhelmed at the encomium the party received at the hands of the Amil.
As for the charge of sorcery against him, he says, he was only helping people in need who had nowhere to turn to. “Khuda will give dua,” he is sure. He said he had been exorcising the evil spirits according to the tradition and scriptures. “It is not black magic. We have certificates from various institutions like Jamia Nizamia, Bareli, Devbandh, Darul Iftaa etc. If we are doing the wrong thing how could we get these certificates?” he asked. Amil further said, “I’m a Unani doctor. I completed Bachelor of Unani Medicines from the Charminar Unani Hospital in 1975.”
The magician runs International Special Needs Institution (ISNI), a charitable trust, since the last one decade in Phoolbagh and NGRI Rajandernagar where hundreds of deprived people get trained in various vocations like tailoring and wax making. “We have a separate wing for ladies at Irani Gally Shahraan where a lady from a parlour trains women to become beauticians,” said Amil’s son Dr Aqueel Samah Masroor.
“My father was a footballer and we have a Hyderabad Golden Soccer Club. Former Indian skipper Azharuddin is the president of this Club and we have trained guys for football for our City, State and for the country. In his old age my father is trying to do some good work for public and he is sure that the BJP ought to get its due in the society,” Dr Aqueel says. The
magician’s family says that hundreds of people will follow him in to the BJP.
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