SRINAGAR: The family and friends of alleged Lashkar militant Bilal Ahmad Kawa today staged a protest in Lal Chowk’s Press Colony against his arrest.
The family alleged that, he is being made a scapegoat by the Indian authorities. The Delhi Police and Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested one of the suspects at the Delhi airport on Wednesday. The joint operation took place after the Gujarat ATS informed the Delhi Police that one Bilal Ahmed Kawa, who had been declared a proclaimed offender in the case, was travelling from Srinagar to Delhi.
The family said that Kawa was travelling to Delhi with his brother who was scheduled to see a doctor. “If he was suspicious, why did not they arrest him before,” said a relative of Kawa. The families alleged that Indian national media has made him a ‘terrorist’ without confirming the basic facts.
The family also said that Kawa was a minor when the Red Fort attack took place in 2000. Meanwhile, Bilal Ahmad Kawa was sent to a 10-day police remand by a Delhi court on Thursday.