Suspected LeT terrorist involved in 2000 Red Fort attack held In Delhi

Suspected LeT terrorist involved in 2000 Red Fort attack held In Delhi

He was detained in the evening from the Delhi Airport and his questioning is underway, the police said.

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.

The arrest was made by a joint team of Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad and Delhi Police's Special Cell.

It was carried out by Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). He told police that he was going to change his name and identity, sources said.

"Bilal Ahmed Kawa continued to evade arrest and was hiding in Jammu and Kashmir".

"If a person wanted in connection with such a huge terror case manages to roam free all these years, it only goes to show how lax our security forces are", N.P. Singh, president of the Confederation of All Resident Welfare Associations (CARWA), an umbrella body of country-wide resident welfare groups, told BenarNews.

He was arrested after 17 long years and has been remanded to a Police Special Cell in Delhi for further probe.

On January 10, Kawa had gone to Delhi for a medical check-up as he had high cholesterol.

The terrorist attack took place on Red Fort in Delhi on 22 December 2000, claiming three innocent lives. Officials on Wednesday said that Bilal was being interrogated.

Police sources said about 3 million rupees ($47,100) were wired to Kawa's bank account to fund the attack by Mohammad Arif (alias Ashfaq Ahmed), who was handed the death penalty in 2005.