Red Fort attack: Suspect caught after 17 years of evasion


Red Fort attack: Suspect caught after 17 years of evasion

The Delhi Police arrested Bilal Ahmed Kawa on a tip-off from the Gujarat Anti-terrorist Squad (ATS) and kept him in a special cell in Delhi for further questioning. "As this wasn't enough to support his wife and three children, he chose to look for a job in Delhi", police sources said.

"Bilal Ahmed Kawa continued to evade arrest and was hiding in Jammu and Kashmir. He was not travelling outside Kashmir for the first time", said Fatima.

However, the family of Kawa has rejected Intelligence's claims that he was involved in the Red Fort terror attack. He told police that he was going to change his name and identity, sources said. "If he was underground for 17 years, why did the police not search his house?"

During interrogation Red Fort attack probe, the Delhi Police had found that a total of ₹29.5 lakh hawala money was transferred through various bank accounts, including Standard Chartered and Grindlays Bank, in the name of Bilal Ahmad Kawa.

Indian soldiers stand guard near the Red Fort monument in New Delhi Aug. 14 2013.    
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Indian soldiers stand guard near the Red Fort monument in New Delhi Aug. 14 2013. AP

A senior officer from the Special Cell confirmed that a man has been detained but said that they are verifying whether he is Kawa.

According to Kawa's cousin Hina, the terror suspect went to the national capital to meet his wife and daughter, who went to Delhi to spend the winter. Mohammad Arif from Pakistan's Abbottabad, who planned the attack, and 10 others have already been convicted in the case.

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.