Umar Fayaz\ Mir Mudasir
Srinagar: The family members of Bilal Ahmad Kawa, who has been arrested by Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad and Delhi Police in connection with Red Fort terror attack on 2000, staged protest on Saturday and demanded his release immediately.
Dozens of protestors including family members and relatives of Kawa assembled inside the Press Enclave in Srinagar chanting slogans demanding justice for Kawa.
They were carried placards with slogans like, “Immediately Release My Abu” “Release Bilal Kawa.”
Kawa’s mother was also present in the protest crying and almost inconsolable.
“My son is not a terrorist, he is innocent. My son has two little daughters, whose eyes are waiting to see their father’s face again. I humbly request Mehbooba Mufti to intervene in this matter and release my son immediately,” she said.
She said the charges against Kawa were baseless. He is a leather merchant with no militant links, she said.
“If my son was involved in 2000 red fort terror attack, then why the police didn’t arrest him before” She asked.
Kawa was arrested at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. He has been accused of using his bank account to transact hawala money for facilitating 2000 attack at the Red Fort and at several places in Kashmir.
One of the relatives of Kawa said he used to spend winters in Delhi along with his family, and was there to visit his wife and daughters.
Kawa’s uncle, Mohammad Shafi, said he was only a teenager when the Red Fort attack happened on December 22, 2000 in which two soldiers and a civilian was killed.
“Even this time, he had gone to Delhi under his own name, carrying haak (collard greens) and Kashmiri bread for his family,” said Shafi.
Kawa’s sister said the family is worried about his well being in police custody. Ten days have passed since his arrested, but the government has not paid any attention, she said.
“Tommorow the court will take the final decision about my brother, but if the decision will not be on my brother’s side then we will take to streets completely,” she said.