Srinagar: In a major breakthrough, police on Saturday arrested a top Hizbul Mujahideen commander, who allegedly masterminded the car bomb blast in Bijbehara town of South Kashmir last month.
Lateef Dar, alias Lateef Kachru, was arrested from Litter village of Pulwama district, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Pulwama Amit Kumar said.
Dar was the divisional commander of Hizbul Mujahideeen for the entire south Kashmir region, he said. The official said one AK-47, three AK magazines, one pistol, one grenade and material used to manufacture IEDs were recovered from Dar's possession.
Dar's name had recently surfaced when a car bomb was triggered by militants on the National Highway near Bijbehara town in south Kashmir.
The SSP said Dar was the mastermind behind last month's car bomb, which had killed one militant when he tried to check the wires of the bomb which exploded.