To the world, Osama Bin Laden might have been a feared terrorist, who had formed the terrorist group Al-Qaeda, but to a senior official in the Uttar Pradesh Power Department, he (Bin Laden) was the ”best engineer” ‘ of the world .
The official, identified as Ravindra Prakash Gautam, the Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) of Nawabganj town in Farrukhabad district, about 250 kilometers from Lucknow, had such affection for Laden that he installed the picture of the terrorist in his office. The photo also carried a caption: ”Osama Bin Laden – World’s Best Junior Engineer”.
The matter came to light when the other department employees arrived at their office on Tuesday and to their surprise found Laden’s picture on the walls of the SDO office waiting room. “Laden is my guru,” Gautam told employees when asked about it.
Senior officials took action immediately upon learning of the matter and had the picture removed from the walls. ”A committee has been set up to investigate the matter…further actions in this matter will be decided after submission of the committee’s report,” a senior department official said in Farrukhabad on Wednesday.
Gautam, however, remained unapologetic and said he had several photos of Laden and would install another photo of the terrorist.
Laden, believed to be the mastermind behind the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, was killed by US Navy Seals in May 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan.