Suspected LeT terrorist involved in 2000 Red Fort attack held In Delhi

  • Suspected LeT terrorist involved in 2000 Red Fort attack held In Delhi

Suspected LeT terrorist involved in 2000 Red Fort attack held In Delhi

Indian police said Thursday they were questioning a suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist for his role in an attack in Delhi more than 17 years ago.

In a breakthrough in the 2000 Red Fort attack case, the Delhi Police and Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad arrested one of the suspects at the Delhi airport on Wednesday.

According to a police official, money amounting to about Rs 29.50 lakh was transferred through hawala links to different accounts, including those of the arrested terror suspect, to fund the attack in which three army men were killed.

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".

Kawa was on the run since 2000 and was hiding in Kashmir, it claimed. Ashfaq, who belongs to Abbottabad in Pakistan, had been awarded the death sentence in 2011 but it was later stayed by the Supreme Court. Sources told the newspaper that Kawa was going to meet his brother in Delhi.

"He is needed for thorough interrogation and details of his associates need to be extracted from him, which requires lot of time", the police said.

"If a person wanted in connection with such a huge terror case manages to roam free all these years, it only goes to show how lax our security forces are", N.P. Singh, president of the Confederation of All Resident Welfare Associations (CARWA), an umbrella body of country-wide resident welfare groups, told BenarNews.