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After remaining in custody for 29 days, the 37-year-old businessman from Srinagar, Bilal Ahmad Kawa, on Saturday described his detention by the Delhi Police as his “bad luck”, reports The Hindu.

Quoting Kawa, the newspaper reports that he told them over the phone from his Delhi residence that “This episode will not keep me away from Delhi. I have done no wrong. Why should I fear? I will keep coming to do my business here and prosper.”

Kawa’s mother pleading for her sons release, KL image by Bilal Bahadur

Kawa on his release has thanked both, Delhi police for being “kind enough” and J&K police for being “truthful” about his reality.

jubilant over the release of his son, Kawa’s mother Fatima Begum, says he is “born again”. “I am relieved. Truth triumphed.” Fatima during the detention of her son held street protests and even had said: “if my son is guilty, hang him.”

Pertinent to mention, Kawa was arrested on January 10 from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, New Delhi, by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police based on inputs from the Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad (ATS). He was accused of having a role in the 2001 Red Fort attack and was declared “wanted for 17 years”. However, a Delhi court granted him bail on February 8.

Bilal’s elder brother Niyaz Ahmad Kawa said the court was convinced about his innocence. “Thankfully, we got our hand on the air tickets from 2010 till 2015, since he travelled to Delhi frequently. We also provided Income Tax returns and sales tax details to prove he was very much in Delhi and doing business all this while,” said Niyaz Ahmed.

The J&K Police, he said, had also been provided in writing that the Delhi Police was “never looking for him between 2000 and 2018 in any case”.


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