Family of Kashmiri man arrested in Delhi says he is innocent Demand his release, says he is being framed by police in 17 yr-old case

The family members and relatives of Bilal Ahmad Kawa, who was recently arrested at Delhi airport in connection with 2000 Red Fort attack case, on Friday staged a protest here alleging that he was being framed and demanded his immediate release.

Kawa’s family members and relatives staged a protest at Press Enclave, here, against his arrest by Delhi Police’s Special Cell and Gujarat Anti Terrorism Squad from Delhi’s airport on January 10.
“He has been arrested on fake charges and Delhi Police is trying to frame in 2000 Red Fort attack case,” they said.
Kawa’s mother Fatima said, “My son was 13 year old when the Red Fort attack had taken place in 2000. Now after 17 years, the agencies are trying to frame him in the case.”
“On January 10, my son (Bilal) had gone to Delhi for a medical check-up when he was detained at Delhi airport. He is suffering from high cholesterol and was also going to meet his brother there, who is settled and working there,” she said.
Kawa’s family members said he is a pelt dealer by profession and the family is in this business from last many years.
The family also owns an accommodation on Chamelian Road, near Filmistan Cinema, Sadar Bazar, New Delhi
Kawa’s relative Zubair Ahmad said, “It seems like the Government of India (GoI) is playing a drama to frame him. It seems they don’t have any love for people of Valley but want land of Kashmir”.
He appealed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to intervene personally and get Kawa, who is father of two, released.
Kawa’s family members said they met Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Muneer Ahmad Khan and he assured them of every possible help.
Muneer Khan Rising Kashmir that Kawa’s family members met him yesterday. “I have spoken to CID cell Delhi to verify the allegations against the arrested guy.”
“I have provided a letter to the family members, who can go to Delhi and meet the arrested guy,” he said.
The ADGP said Kashmir police would also investigate his background.
On 22 December 2000, three people including two army men were killed in militant attack on Red Fort.