A stoic Sabeel Ahmed, brother of Glasgow airport bomber Kafeel Ahmed, returned to a subdued homecoming after serving 270 days in a UK prison.
After landing in Bangalore early on Thursday morning, the 26-year-old was driven home by two British plainclothes policemen. “He did not cry, but I cried. We are all happy to have him back. He is tired, let him sleep. Please leave him alone. I will let you know when he is ready to talk to you. Let us spend some time with him first,” his mother Dr Zakia Ahmed told reporters camped outside her house.
Kafeel, an engineer, and an accomplice had driven an explosives-laden jeep into the Glasgow airport terminal on June 30, 2007. He suffered 90 per cent burns and later died in hospital. The police then arrested Sabeel after learning that Kafeel had sent him an e-mail with details of the attacks prior to the incident. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail in April, but was set free as he had already spent around half that time in custody and confessed and signed a document stating that he would return to India voluntarily.
However, the Corp of Detectives seems keen to quiz him about his links with the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India. “It could be a routine investigation,” a senior officer of the Corps of Detectives said. Besides, state and central intelligence agencies could also keep a close watch on Sabeel.