Our son is a businessman, not an attacker: Kawa’s family appeals CM


The family and relatives of Bilal Ahmed Kawa, who according to police was involved on December 22, 2000, Red Fort attack in which three people, including two Army men, were killed, held a protest demonstration outside press enclave, Srinagar on Monday.

Kawa, according to police was arrested around 6 pm on January 11 from the T-3 terminal of the Delhi Airport and was suspected to have links with Lashkar-e-Toiba. The arrest was made by a joint team of Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad and Delhi Police’s Special Cell.

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

Kawa’s family including the neighbours and relatives assembled outside press colony raising slogans Masoom Kashmiri ko Rihaa Karo, Doh Bachon Ke Baap Ko Rihaa Karo, Ek Behan ke Bhai Ko Rihaa karo,” etc.

Kawa, according to his family is a frequent traveller to Delhi and even owns an accommodation on Chamelian Road, Near Filmistan Cinema, Sadar Bazar, New Delhi.

“The news of the arrest has shattered all of us if my brother was an attacker then why didn’t the police arrest him till now. Kawa has all the documents including Aadhar card, Passport, he is a businessman, not a terrorist,” says Kawa’s sister Hina.

The family has appealed the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti to look into the matter, as according to the family there is no reason to keep him in the custody “we humbly request to our Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to look into the matter.” Said a family member.

Kawa’s family with Yasin Malik protests against Kawa’s arrest.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik was also the part of the protest seeking an immediate release of Bilal Kawa.


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