Red Fort terror attack suspect sent to 10-day police custody

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All these years, Kawa had been hiding in Kashmir under an assumed identity but his cover was blown a few days ago, sources said.

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

It was carried out by Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Reportedly, Kawa confessed during the interrogations that he had been changing location frequently but settled down at Kashmir for a long time. The police has said that these claims are yet to be verified.

Kawa's name had cropped up during a trial to convict the alleged accused of the terror attack was going on in court. According to sources, the wanted terror suspect was on his way to meet his brother in Delhi. "Terrorists don't live in their own houses and book flight tickets in their own name". It was also submitted before the chief metropolitan magistrate, Deepak Sherawat, that Kawa had been absconding for the past 17 years and was declared a proclaimed offender.

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The arrested accused, identified as Bilal Ahmad Kawa, is being questioned. "Bilal and his family would stay with him every winter to get away from the cold weather here", said Hina.

The Red Fort in Delhi came under terrorist attack on Dec 22, 2000.

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.