Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Suspected LeT terrorist arrested from Delhi airport

Suspected LeT terrorist arrested from Delhi airport

A major success in curbing terrorism in India has been achieved by the Delhi Police and Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) as they arrested a man said to be involved in the Red Fort terror attack that took place in the year 2000. 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.

The arrest was made in a joint operation by the Special Cell of Delhi Police and Gujarat ATS.

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) had claimed responsibility for the terror strike and a case was registered at Kotwali police station.

Kawa is believed to have told the police that in the past 18 years, he had changed his location frequently, but that he had been living in Jammu and Kashmir of late. Although Bilal has constructed a new house, his ancestral home remains on the compound. "Though he has been denying his role in the Red Fort attack, we have enough evidence against him to prove that he was a key accused in the shoot out", said a special cell officer associated with the probe.

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

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.

Alleged LeT operative Bilal Ahmad Kawa. The court said there were "sufficient grounds" to grant his custody for interrogation.

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.

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