Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Bilal Ahmad Kawa 2000 Red Fort terror attack arrested at Delhi airport

Bilal Ahmad Kawa 2000 Red Fort terror attack arrested at Delhi airport

A senior officer of Delhi Police said, "Bilal was arrested from Delhi airport in a joint operation carried out by Gujarat ATS and Delhi Police special cell". Reportedly, Kawa, suspected to be linked with the Lashkar-e-Taiba, was arrested at around 6 pm on Wednesday and his interrogation is underway.

A court on Thursday granted police 10 days to interrogate Kawa, a Kashmir native.

The police said that money to the tune of Rs 29.50 lakh was transferred through hawala in various bank accounts, including those of Kawa, to fund the attack.

Following the attack, police said Kawa changed his name and moved locations three times in Jammu and Kashmir. Sources told the newspaper that Kawa was going to meet his brother in Delhi.

The police said they were also trying to determine how the suspect managed to evade arrest all these years. Although Bilal has constructed a new house, his ancestral home remains on the compound.

Following the arrest, Ahmed is now being questioned by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police. "Bilal and his family would stay with him every winter to get away from the cold weather here", said Hina.

"On December 22, 2000, three Indian Army personnel were killed in indiscriminate firing at Red Fort".

While Kawa was on run, a trial court in October 2005, had awarded death sentence to Pakistan-based LeT militant Mohammad Arif alias Ashfaq, while two key conspirators - Nazir Ahmed Qasid and his son Farooq Ahmed Qasid - were awarded life imprisonment.

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