Family of Bilal, who is held for Red Fort attack, alleges conspiracy

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Srinagar, Jan 12: Alleging that Indian media has crossed “all limits of spreading propaganda against Kashmir”, the family of arrested Bilal Ahmad Kawa of Aali Kadal have asked for his early release.
Bilal, in his late 30s, was arrested on January 10 by Gujarat and Delhi Police from Delhi Airport.
He is being accused of involvement with Lasker-eToiba militant outfit and year 2000 Red Fort attack.
“He often used to go Delhi. He went to Delhi for the treatment. We have a flat in Delhi. Why was he arrested after 17 years? Were they sleeping till date?” questioned Bilal’s mother, Fatima Begum, during a protest at the Press Enclave here.
Fatima, whose husband died in 1987, said Bilal was the only support she has as her other son has been living separately.
“My daughter is married. It is Bilal who has been fulfilling my needs. I want him back. He is innocent. He was living a prosperous life and earning his livelihood through leather business. We fail to understand as to why he has been arrested and under what charges,” she said.
She said that only Kashmir bread and vegetables were recovered from his luggage.
Bilal’s cousin, Faizan Ahmad said it was quite unfortunate that the Indian media associated his family with a “Laskare- e-Toiba commander”.
“It is quite unfortunate that Kashmirs have been made to suffer every now and then. If things like this continue to take place, all Kashmiris will find it appropriate to come on to the streets and pick up arms. No doubt they themselves would also get killed but at least they would die with satisfaction,” he said.
Referring to the force’s camp in their area, he asked, “Were they unaware of Bilal’s activities?”
Appealing for Bilal’s release, Faizan said that his parents including two daughter, Falah, 5, and Motiya, 7, were waiting for him.
Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Range, Munir Khan, said Bilal’s father in law and other family members had approached him.
“During the meeting, I assured them of full support. I spoke to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Cell in Delhi in front of them,” he said.
Khan said he has asked the CID department to know the facts behind his release.
“They will find out why he has been arrested and the charges levelled on Bilal,” he said.
“We have offered our help. If the family members want to go Delhi, they can go. I have asked them to meet Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) there. I have also written a letter to the DSP and handed it over to the Bilal’s family,” he added.
Khan said that they have send signals to all Police Stations.
“We have asked them to report whether he has been involved in any case. We are pursuing the case strongly,” he said.

 

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