Srinagar: The JK Police had received no prior communication from Delhi Police before a Kashmiri civilian, Bilal Ahmad Kawa, was arrested at Delhi airport on January 10, Superintendent of Police (SP), North, Srinagar, Sajjad Shah told Kashmir Reader on Sunday. “We were not told by anybody that he was in any way an offender, nor did anybody send a warrant before making the arrest,” he said.
Shah said the there was no adverse reporting against Kawa, a resident of old Srinagar, with them.
“There is no adverse report against Kawa in the police station Maharaj Gunj,” the SP said. “He is not a proclaimed offender.”
During a preliminary investigation, Shah said Kawa along with his brother was doing animal hide business and he used to frequently visit Delhi.
“They have an accommodation in Delhi. Every year they used to visit Delhi and stay for a longer period during winters,” Shah said. “He used to visit Delhi every year for the past 18 years.”
Kawa was arrested in connection with the 2000 Red Fort attack case by the Delhi Police’s Special Cell and the Gujarat Anti Terrorism Squad. The Delhi Police alleged he was involved in the attack.
The Jammu & Kashmir Police have taken up the issue with the Delhi Police to know why Kawa was arrested.
“The ADGP, Munir Khan, has taken up the issue with the Delhi Police,” Shah said, adding that the family approached the police with the complaint.
“The ADGP has assured all help to the family. He instructed the CID cell in Delhi to provide all help to the family to meet Kawa,” he added.
On Friday, family members of Kawa held a protest at Press Enclave Srinagar claiming he was being framed and demanded his immediate release.
“He has been arrested on fake charges and Delhi Police are trying to frame him in the 2000 Red Fort attack case,” mother of Kawa, Fatima Begum, told reporters.
“My son was 13 years old when the Red Fort attack took place. Now, after 17 years, the agencies are trying to frame him in the case,” she said
Fatima Begum said her son had gone to Delhi for a medical check-up when he was arrested by the Delhi and Gujrat police at the airport. She said he also planned to meet his brother who is settled in Delhi.