Kawa, 37, a proclaimed offender in the case, has been on the run since 2000 and was hiding in Kashmir, police said, adding that he was arrested on information that he was travelling from Srinagar to Delhi.
The family members and relatives of Bilal Ahmad Kawa, who was recently arrested at Delhi airport in connection with 2000 Red Fort attack case, on Friday staged a protest here alleging that he was being framed and demanded his immediate release.
Relatives and family members have questioned the arrest of a Kashmiri man in 17 year-old Red Fort attack case, terming the detention "unwarranted and uncalled for".
The Delhi Police arrested Bilal Ahmed Kawa on a tip-off from the Gujarat Anti-terrorist Squad (ATS) and kept him in a special cell in Delhi for further questioning.
Three people, including two Army personnel, were killed in the December 22, 2000 Red Fort attack.
Kawa's family members said they met Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Muneer Ahmad Khan and he assured them of every possible help. "He was only a teenager in 2000, when this incident had happened in which he has been implicated". He also owns a house in Delhi. "What is making them arrest my son after 17 years of this incident", said Kawa's mother Fatima Banoo.
"Bilal's brother, Niyaz Ahmad Kawa, resides in Delhi". "The claims of police that my son was planning an attack on January 26 are all fake and fabricated". I am unable to understand to how could he have carried any attack with eatables?
She said her son dealt in rugs and was a frequent traveller to Delhi.
The Indian Express reported that Kawa told the police that he had changed his location frequently since the attack but was living in Kashmir for the time being.
She said that if he was involved in militancy, he would have never gone to Delhi on his own name.