'Received no notice, summons in 17 yrs regarding Bilal Kawa'

The police submitted the report before the chief judicial magistrate Srinagar after Fatima Begum, mother of Kawa, contested Delhi Police claim that Kawa was a “proclaimed offender.”

MUDASIR YAQOOB
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 20 2018 12:08AM | Updated Date: Jan 20 2018 12:08AM
'Received no notice, summons in 17 yrs regarding Bilal Kawa'File Photo

The police have submitted a report before a local court stating that they did not receive any notice or summons in the past 17 years that had to be served to Bilal Ahmad Kawa who has been arrested in 2000 Red Fort attack case.

The police submitted the report before the chief judicial magistrate Srinagar after Fatima Begum, mother of Kawa, contested Delhi Police claim that Kawa was a “proclaimed offender.”

The report submitted by SHO police station Maharaj Gunj, however, said that at no point in time in the past 17 years they had been informed about Kawa’s offence.

Kawa’s mother had sought police’s version into Delhi police’s claims saying if he were an offender he would have been summoned by a court through local police.

She had added that her son is a businessman having a passport, GST number, PAN card, ration card and other documents “a respectable citizen of India” possesses.

“How can anybody live a normal life with his family while being a proclaimed offender in any subversive case?” she had asked in her application. 

She had said that arrest of her son is a big concern for the survival of his two minor daughters and two dependent women (Kawa’s mother and wife).

Top police officials had earlier also said that there is nothing adverse in police records in Kashmir against Kawa.

On 22 December 2000, three soldiers were killed in firing at the Red Fort. While 11 people were convicted in the case, security agencies claim that “Kawa was absconding”.

Kawa was 13 year old when the Red Fort attack took place.

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