Family members of a Kashmiri businessman arrested in Delhi last week staged a protest in Srinagar on Monday, reiterating that he was innocent and being implicated in a false case.
Businessman Bilal Ahmad Kawa was arrested from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on January 12 by Delhi Police and the Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad for alleged involvement in a 2000 attack on the Red Fort. The Jammu and Kashmir Police has said there was no case against Kawa, nor does he figure in any list of suspects.
Kawa’s mother urged Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to help get her son released, claiming he was innocent.
She told reporters during the protest that her son was a genuine businessman holding an Indian passport issued in 2001. She asked Mehbooba Mufti to intervene and ensure that her son was not framed.
She insisted that if her son was a militant, she would never seek his release.
According to her, Kawa had gone to Delhi for a medical check up.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik also joined the protest. (Pictures by Zargar Zahoor)