Red Fort attack: Suspect caught after 17 years of evasion

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2018

Kawa was detained in the evening from the Delhi Airport and his questioning is underway, the police said.

Gujarat Anti-terrorist Squad (ATS) on Wednesday claimed to have arrested alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist who was wanted for fidayeen attack at Delhi's Red Fort from Indira Gandhi International airport.

The suspected terrorist was arrested in a joint operation by the Special Cell of Delhi Police and Gujarat ATS. "As this wasn't enough to support his wife and three children, he chose to look for a job in Delhi", police sources said.

Kawa is believed to have told the police that in the past 18 years, he had changed his location frequently, but that he had been living in Jammu and Kashmir of late.

Kawa, 37, a proclaimed offender in the case, has been on the run since 2000 and was hiding in Kashmir, police said, adding that he was arrested on information that he was travelling from Srinagar to Delhi.

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.

He was arrested after 17 long years and has been remanded to a Police Special Cell in Delhi for further probe.

His family said that Kawa on January 10 had gone to Delhi for a medical check-up.

Two soldiers of the Seventh Battalion of the Rajputana Rifles and a civilian guard were killed in indiscriminate firing at the Red Fort on December 22, 2000.

Other reports by iNewsToday