Red Fort attack: Suspect caught after 17 years of evasion

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That's LeT terror suspect Bilal Ahmed Kawa who orchestrated a terror on the Red Fort in 2000, which killed three people.

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A senior officer of Delhi Police said, "Bilal was arrested from Delhi airport in a joint operation carried out by Gujarat ATS and Delhi Police special cell". "The accused played the main role and participated in the offence by receiving money from Pakistan and other countries through hawala operators, which was used in the attack and other terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir conducted by Lashkar-e-Taiba", the judge noted. "He was not travelling outside Kashmir for the first time", said Fatima. He told police that he was going to change his name and identity, sources said. The police has said that these claims are yet to be verified. Although Bilal has constructed a new house, his ancestral home remains on the compound.

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A man arrested in connection with the 2000 Red Fort attack case, was on Thursday sent to 10-day police custody by a Delhi court. 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. "Bilal and his family would stay with him every winter to get away from the cold weather here", said Hina.

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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.

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