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For family of this terror suspect from Bengaluru, the worries never end

By Vicky

When he returned to India 7 years back, his family had heaved a sigh of relief. This is Dr Sabeel Ahmed who was deported from the United Kingdom after his brother Kafeel Ahmed had carried out a suicide attack at the Glasgow Airport on June 29 2007.

Kafeel and Sabeel are the sons of two doctors who reside at the Banashankari area in Bengaluru. The mother, Dr Zakia Ahmed was shocked to hear the news of her son, Kafeel being involved in a terror plot in the United Kingdom. Dealing with the news of her son's death in the attack, she had another worry on hand and that was her other son had been detained by the UK police.


All she said at the time of her son's return from the UK was that she was happy he was back. The worries have now returned to haunt the family. A Delhi court has issued a proclamation notice against Dr Sabeel Ahmed who is in Saudi Arabia in connection with an alleged al-Qaeda recruitment plot.

Never ending troubles:

When the news of the Glasgow bombing broke out, the entire media fraternity from Bengaluru and other parts of the country camped outside the Banashankari house of Kafeel and Sabeel. It was the mother Dr Zakia Ahmed who spoke with the media and all through she put up a brave face although it was clearly that she was shaken from within.

She kept telling the media that she was awaiting the return of her son Sabeel. When Sabeel was deported and finally arrived in Bengaluru at around 3 AM, the media chased him from the airport to his house. At his home after a three hour wait, the mother came out to speak to the media. As she was about to say anything one journalist hurled a question, " how does it feel to be the mother of a terrorist." With a very grim smile and a nod of her head, she went back inside the home thus ending any chance of a quote or byte for anyone of us.

Sabeel's family told him that it would be better if he went to Saudi Arabia and took up a job which he did. He is said to be working in a hospital in Saudi Arabia. However the worries for the family did not end there. An assassination plot was unearthed by the Bengaluru police. The case was transferred to the NIA and the name of Dr Sabeel emerged. He quickly denied the allegation and in a media release categorically denied any wrong doing.

His name cropped up once again during an investigation being conducted by the Delhi police. The police have alleged that an accused Abdul Rehman during his interrogation had named Sabeel. The police is investigating a case relating to a al-Qaeda recruitment plot. The court has issued a proclamation notice against Sabeel and 11 others.

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