Fri, May 09, 2008 - Page 4 News List

India to probe deported doctor's ties

AGENCIES , BANGALORE, INDIA

An Indian doctor who was convicted of withholding information about a botched terror attack on a crowded airport in Scotland last year returned to India yesterday after being deported — and will now face questioning by local police.

Sabeel Ahmed, 26, arrived in Bangalore yesterday escorted by two British policemen, after serving 270 days in jail in Britain.

Airport security whisked him out through a separate exit to avoid reporters and photographers waiting outside.

He is the younger brother of Kafeel Ahmed, an engineer, who drove a jeep into the Glasgow airport terminal building on June 30 last year and set it alight.

Kafeel died later in hospital from 90 percent burns.

Police later arrested Sabeel Ahmed after learning that he was sent an e-mail with details of the attacks from his brother before he drove the jeep to the Glasgow airport — although he did not read the e-mail until after the attack took place.

Sabeel was sentenced to 18 months in jail last month, but was allowed to go free because he had already spent around half that time in custody, and after he had confessed and signed a document stating that he would return to India voluntarily.

Sabeel’s mother, a retired doctor, said yesterday that her son was tired and resting.

“He did not cry, I cried. We are all happy to have him back,” Zakia Ahmed said.

However, Indian police said they were interested in questioning him, as part of an investigation into the banned Muslim group, the Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).

“It could be a routine investigation,” said a senior officer of the Corps of Detectives in the state of Karnataka state.

“We want to examine his role before he left India,” said the officer, who did not want to be named.

SIMI has been blamed for helping to carry out several bomb attacks in India.

Police have arrested a medical student and a software engineer in Bangalore recently, following the arrest of the group’s leader Safdori Nagori and 12 other senior members in March.

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