Maqbool Ahmed was detained under MISA during Emergency

Maqbool Ahmed

Maqbool Ahmed  

K.V. Subramanya

He was a prominent activist of Jamat-e-Islam

He was in Bangalore Central Prison for 18 months

BANGALORE: Investigations into the antecedents of Kafeel Ahmed and his brother Sabeel Ahmed have revealed that their father Maqbool Ahmed was arrested under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act (MISA) by the Bangalore police during the Emergency.

According to highly placed sources in the police, Dr. Ahmed was a prominent activist of the Jamat-e-Islam, which was banned on July 4, 1975 after the declaration of the Emergency.

As he was a member of the banned group, he was detained under the MISA and lodged in the Bangalore Central Prison for nearly one-and-a-half years.

Political stalwarts such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani were also lodged in the same prison then.

During interrogation, Dr. Ahmed’s wife Dr. Zakia Ahmed told the police that she married him after he was released from the prison. Dr. Zakia, who comes from a poor Muslim family from Mysore, completed her MBBS from the Bangalore Medical College in 1976 and married Dr. Ahmed, a native of Nagenahalli village in Belur taluk of Hassan district, the sources said.

According to a former MLA, who too was detained under the MISA and was lodged in the Bangalore prison at that time for taking part in anti-Emergency agitations, there were seven Jamat-e-Islam activists in the prison.

Though the Jamat-e-Islam activists kept aloof from others initially, subsequently they started mingling with other detenus.

“They became so friendly that they started to teach us Urdu. They even participated in cultural programmes. We used to have serious debates with them on various issues,” the former MLA told The Hindu.

He recalled that Dr. Ahmed was a good shuttle badminton player.

After their two sons were born in Bangalore, the Ahmed couple went to West Asia and worked in various hospitals and medical colleges there for nearly 15 years. After their schooling in West Asia, the two boys came to Bangalore.

Their only daughter Sadia Kuaser, who is now doing her MBBS, was born in Jeddah, the sources said.

A police team on Saturday visited Nagenahalli and made enquiries about Dr. Ahmed and his family.

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