He was detained in the evening from the Delhi Airport and his questioning is underway, the police said.
Ashfaq had deposited around Rs 29.5 lakh in three bank accounts in Srinagar, Connaught Place and New Friends Colony, one of which (28552609) belonged to Kawa, said sources. Kawa was arrested yesterday in Delhi in a joint operation by the Delhi Police and Gujarat Anti- Terrorism Squad (ATS). The judge took on record the submission of police that Kawa, suspected to have links with LeT, was a key conspirator in the terror strike. He was presently staying in Kashmir with his family and was visiting Delhi to meet a relative, the sources added.
Following the arrest, Ahmed is now being questioned by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police.
"If a person wanted in connection with such a huge terror case manages to roam free all these years, it only goes to show how lax our security forces are", N.P. Singh, president of the Confederation of All Resident Welfare Associations (CARWA), an umbrella body of country-wide resident welfare groups, told BenarNews.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) P S Kushwah said Kawa was arrested around 6 pm.
"Bilal Ahmed Kawa continued to evade arrest and was hiding in Jammu and Kashmir".
"On December 22, 2000, three Indian Army personnel were killed in indiscriminate firing at Red Fort".
Apart from Kawa at least 11 people, including mastermind Mohammad Arif from Pakistan's Abbottabad have been convicted in the case.