Bilal Ahmad Kawa is being interrogated at the Lodhi Colony office of the Special Cell.Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Kushwah said, "We arrested the suspect after it was confirmed that he was the same Bilal Ahmad Kawa we had been looking for in connection with the Red Fort terrorist shootout case".
It was carried out by Pakistani terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
The Indian Express reported that Kawa told the police that he had changed his location frequently since the attack but was living in Kashmir for the time being.
Kawa's name had cropped up during a trial to convict the alleged accused of the terror attack was going on in court. In their remand application, police told the court that Kawa was hiding in Kashmir under an "assumed, fabricated" identity until his cover was blown a few days ago. Although Bilal has constructed a new house, his ancestral home remains on the compound. "What is making them arrest my son after 17 years of this incident", said Kawa's mother Fatima".
Bilal Ahmad Kawa's family said he has been arrested on frivolous charges and Indian agencies are trying to implicate him in a case in which he has no hand in at all.
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.
Six LeT terrorists had stormed Red Fort on December 22, 2000, and opened fire, killing three security personnel. He was allegedly in touch with the mastermind of the terror attack, Mohammad Arif from Pakistan's Abbottabad, police said.