December 16, 2018

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

12 January 2018, 08:18 | Cameron Gross

Bilal allegedly revealed the terror-attack plans to the Anti Terrorism Squad


Kawa, who was suspected to be linked to Lashkar-e-Toiba, was arrested from the T-3 terminal of the Delhi Airport.

Gujarat Anti-terrorist Squad (ATS) on Wednesday claimed to have arrested alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist who was wanted for fidayeen attack at Delhi's Red Fort from Indira Gandhi International airport.

Ashfaq had deposited around Rs 29.5 lakh in three bank accounts in Srinagar, Connaught Place and New Friends Colony, one of which (28552609) belonged to Kawa, said sources.

In their remand application, police told the court that Kawa was hiding in Kashmir under an "assumed, fabricated" identity until his cover was blown a few days ago. He was presently staying in Kashmir with his family and was visiting Delhi to meet a relative, the sources added.

The suspect is presently kept at the Police Special Cell in Delhi for further investigation. It was also submitted before the chief metropolitan magistrate, Deepak Sherawat, that Kawa had been absconding for the past 17 years and was declared a proclaimed offender. A senior officer from the Special Cell confirmed that a man has been detained but said that they are verifying whether he is Kawa.

Two soldiers of the Seventh Battalion of the Rajputana Rifles and a civilian guard were killed in indiscriminate firing at the Red Fort on December 22, 2000.

Apart from Kawa at least 11 people, including mastermind Mohammad Arif from Pakistan's Abbottabad have been convicted in the case.

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