Red Fort attack plot suspect arrested after 17 years

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"Bilal's brother, Niyaz Ahmad Kawa, resides in Delhi". Kawa was arrested yesterday in Delhi in a joint operation by the Delhi Police and Gujarat Anti- Terrorism Squad (ATS).

Kawa was suspected to be linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba.

"Accused has (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 LeT", the judge noted. Sources said the documents the suspect was traveling with had the same name.

Following the arrest, Ahmed is now being questioned by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police.

According to Kawa's cousin Hina, the terror suspect went to the national capital to meet his wife and daughter, who went to Delhi to spend the winter.

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Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) P S Kushwah said Kawa was arrested around 6 pm.

A court on Thursday granted police 10 days to interrogate Kawa, a Kashmir native.

On December 22, 2000, LeT men sneaked into the 17th century monument and opened indiscriminate fire on the guards of 7th battalion of Rajputana Rifles, killing three persons, including a civilian. While 11 people - including mastermind Mohammad Arif had been convicted in the case - Kawa had been absconding for the past 18 years.

"The officer submitted that the accused is one of the conspirators in the case and a thorough investigation is required to unearth the facts".

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