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Red Fort attack suspect sent to 10-day police custody

A Kashmiri man, arrested in connection with the 2000 Red Fort attack case, was today sent to 10-day police custody by a Delhi court.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat allowed the plea of Delhi Police seeking 10 days custody of Bilal Ahmed Kawa, who was arrested yesterday from Delhi airport in a joint operation of the Delhi Police and Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

Three people, including two Army soldiers, were killed in the December 22, 2000 Red Fort attack.

According to the police, the Gujarat ATS informed it that Kawa, who had been declared a proclaimed offender in the case, was travelling from Srinagar to Delhi.

Kawa, who police says is suspected to be linked with Lashkar-e-Toiba, was arrested last evening from the T-3 terminal of the Delhi Airport, the police said, adding that money to the tune of Rs 29.50 lakh was transferred through hawala in various bank accounts, including those of Kawa, to fund the attack.

Kawa was on the run since 2000 and hiding in Kashmir, it claimed.

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