LeT terrorist suspected for 2000 Red Fort terror attack arrested

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A day after he was arrested from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Bilal Ahmad Kawa, an alleged Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operative and an accused in the Red Fort terror attack, was sent to10-day police custody by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sehrawat.

Advocate Uzair Ronga, while talking to Kashmir News Bureau stated-"Bilal Ahmad Kawa is in no way involved in any terror activities.He has travelled Delhi scores of times and was never absconding.He was busy with the normal chorus of life running his leather business".

The arrest was made in a joint operation by the Special Cell of Delhi Police and Gujarat ATS. He said that Kawa allegedly played a key role in funding the attack.

He was arrested after 17 long years and has been remanded to a Police Special Cell in Delhi for further probe. Sources told the newspaper that Kawa was going to meet his brother in Delhi.

In 2001, Delhi Police had filed chargesheet against one Ashfaq and 21 others in the case. However, the special sessions court hearing the matter framed charges only against 11. The police has said that these claims are yet to be verified. "The law enforcement agencies were looking for him since then", said the officer.

Pertinently, On 22 December, 2000, three people, including two army jawans, were killed in the Red Fort attack when militants started indiscriminate firing near the monument. Mohammad Arif from Pakistan's Abbottabad, who planned the attack, and 10 others have already been convicted in the case.

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