Waseem Ahmed Malik, top Hizbul militant accused of masterminding the 1995 Republic Day blast claiming 12 lives, has been arrested from Kishtwar district.
Malik, then a self-styled Hizbul district commander, masterminded the blasts along with some other Pakistani militants led by one commander Ifran, in which 60 others were injured and the then Governor Gen K V Krishna Rao had a narrow escape.
He was arrested in connection with his involvement in the explosions at MAM stadium, Deputy Inspector General, Doda-Ramba-Kishtwar range, Himant Lohia said. He was picked up from Kishtwar town last night.
Soon after the blasts, Malik crossed over to Pakistan and stayed there for ten years and returned to Jammu and Kashmir in 2005.
Malik also called Abdu Hamza was appointed by Hizb chief Syed Salahuddin as deputy divisional commander and was operating in Chenab belt in Doda-Ramban-Gool of Jammu region and south Kashmir, police sources said.