"The way the media and the police behaved raises basic questions about their attitude toward Muslims. Muslims are often cast by them in stereotypes. This is not just about me; it is about hundreds like me who are in jails on terror charges. Muslims are not terrorists," he emphasised.
He also pointed to sections of the media who 'sensationalised' the issue to 'raise their TRP's and readership'. "I was branded as the mastermind. My character was assassinated," he rued.
He was arrested along with 12 others 6 months ago with charges of plotting to assassinate prominent Hindutva leaders and journalists. However, the National Investigation Agency gave 2 of them a clean chit as there was no evidence found against them.
However, the fight still continues until the others are released. " If I was the mastermind, then why are the others still in jail?" he questioned.
Siddiqui is yet to decide if he will sue the police over the wrong arrest. "It was more like we were kidnapped. The police did not tell us why we were being arrested. We were made to sign 30-40 blank sheets of paper, after which those were used to create fake arrest intimation," he alleged.
Along with Siddiqui 28 year old Nalband a technician was also released. " I am not sure if I will be normal again," Nalband said.