Indian Police Nab Man Wanted for 2000 Terror Attack

Indian Police Nab Man Wanted for 2000 Terror Attack

Kawa, who was suspected to be linked to Lashkar-e-Toiba, was arrested from the T-3 terminal of the Delhi Airport.

The Special Cell of Delhi Police and Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), in a joint operation, apprehended the accused at the Delhi airport on Wednesday night.

The police said that money to the tune of Rs 29.50 lakh was transferred through hawala in various bank accounts, including those of Kawa, to fund the attack.

"He also said that Kawa has to be taken to Delhi, ammu and Kashmir and other places for further investigation and apprehension of other associates", the court noted. The police has said that these claims are yet to be verified. He told police that he was going to change his name and identity, sources said.

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The terrorist has been identified as Bilal Ahmed 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.

The Red Fort in Delhi came under terrorist attack on Dec 22, 2000. Pramod Kushwah, deputy commissioner of police (special cell), said, "We arrested the suspect after it was confirmed that he was the same man we had been looking for in the Red Fort terrorist shootout case".

While Kawa was on run, a trial court in October 2005, had awarded death sentence to Pakistan-based LeT militant Mohammad Arif alias Ashfaq, while two key conspirators - Nazir Ahmed Qasid and his son Farooq Ahmed Qasid - were awarded life imprisonment.

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