Motu Doctor, a terror suspect always on the wrong side of the law

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Motu Doctor is an alias that was used by Dr Sabeel Ahmed. This is a pretty familiar name and it had first cropped up during the Glasgow attack of 2007. He is the brother of Kafeel Ahmed, an Engineer from Bengaluru, the mastermind who died in the Glasgow attack at the United Kingdom.


For Dr Ahmed, being on the wrong side of the law is nothing new. He was briefly detained in the UK following the Glasgow attack on the ground that he had not reported his brother's actions despite knowing the plan. Later on he was deported to India.

After a brief stint in India he decided to leave for Saudi Arabia where he and his family felt he would be away from the media limelight. After staying low key for a considerable amount of time, his name cropped up in an investigation that related to the elimination of Hindu leaders in Karnataka, Telangana and Maharashtra. Further his name also cropped up in the another case which related to the recruitment of youth into the al-Qaeda in the Subcontinent.

On the wrong side of the law:

Right from the year 2007, Dr Sabeel Ahmed has managed to stay in the news. His mother upon his arrival from the UK in 2007 had pleaded before the media to leave them alone. My son is back, I have lost one son, please leave us all alone, Dr Zakia Ahmed had told the media.

There was no news on Ahmed until 2013. When the Bengaluru police busted a case relating to assassination of Hindus, several names had cropped. However when the NIA took over the probe, the name of one Motu Doctor believed to be part of this plot cropped up. It was then revealed that Motu Doctor was Sabeel Ahmed. When the news item was reported, there was a quick denial from his side.

Following this incident, the Delhi police busted an alleged al-Qaeda cell. It was revealed that several persons with help from associates in Saudi Arabia had attempted to recruit youth into the Indian module. The name of Motu Doctor cropped up yet again. This time around the court issued a warrant against him following which a look out notice was issued. This was followed up by a deportation request by India to Saudi Arabia.

It is him:

A few days back the police in Saudi Arabia detained a person. The police picked him up based on the look out circular. When the Indian agencies were informed, a team began verifying the details immediately. Now India has confirmed to Saudi Arabia that the man arrested in indeed, Motu Doctor alias Dr Sabeel Ahmed.

There are a few formalities that remain highly placed sources informed OneIndia. A team would be in Saudi Arabia to complete those formalities and take the deportation or extradition forward. He will be crucial to the investigations in two cases, NIA officials say.

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