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

Erika Holt
January 12, 2018

Suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Bilal Ahmed Kawa, wanted for his role in 2000 Red Fort terror attack, was today nabbed at Delhi's IGI Airport in a joint operation by the special cell of Delhi Police and Gujarat ATS.

According to a police official, money amounting to about Rs 29.50 lakh was transferred through hawala links to different accounts, including those of the arrested terror suspect, to fund the attack in which three army men were killed.

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. 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. "Terrorists don't live in their own houses and book flight tickets in their own name".

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Bilal Ahmad Kawa was arrested from Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) after 18 years. The court said there were "sufficient grounds" to grant his custody for interrogation.

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

On December 22, 2000, LeT men sneaked into the 17th century monument and opened indiscriminate fire on the guards of 7th battalion of Rajputana Rifles, killing three persons, including a civilian.

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