Red fort attack suspect Kawa’s family stages protest, demands CM Mehbooba’s intervention


SRINAGAR: The family of Bilal Ahmad Kawa, a suspect in red fort attack on Mondaystages a protest in Srinagar to seek intervention of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for his “immediate” release.

They said that Mehbooba should push for Kawa’s release as he is innocent.  “My son is innocent. I am devastated since he has been arrested.  I request Mehbooba ji to facilitate my son’s release,” appealed Fatima, mother of Kawa.

Kawa’s family said that he deals in pelts, owns an accommodation in New Delhi and on the day of his arrest had gone for medical checkup to Delhi, as he was suffering from high cholesterol and other ailments.

They ask that how come authorities and security agencies did not get a whiff about him all these 17 years, if he had done anything wrong. “If he was involved in anything or as they say in terror activities why did not they arrest him all these years?” they asked.

Pertinently Jammu and Kashmir Police has already cleared that there have been no charges against Kawa ever adding that there is no case against him in the valley.

However according to the J&K police Kawa has warrant number 50012 against him. J&K Police also added that their CID cell is coordinating with Delhi Police in this regard.  Kawa was arrested by Delhi police and Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad on charges of his alleged involvement in Red Fort attack in 2000, on January 12 from Delhi’s IGI airport. (PTK)