Banihal/Jammu: Police has arrested the main suspect in Banihal blast case, in which the a car driver allegedly attempted to target a CRPF convoy, the news agency PTI quoting police sources reported.
The report, however, did not have details on the identity of the man.
A CRPF vehicle had suffered slight damage when a Santro car went up in flames after an explosion at Tethar village, seven kms from Banihal, shortly after a Jammu-bound convoy crossed the Jawahar Tunnel, the gateway to Kashmir valley.
The driver of the private vehicle managed to flee before the fire engulfed the vehicle and turned it into a mangled heap of iron.
The inspection of the vehicle and surrounding areas led to the recovery of LPG cylinders, a jerrycan filled with petrol, gelatin stick, urea and sulphur — material used for fabricating the Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), police sources told PTI.
A massive hunt was launched and finally the suspect was arrested in the early hours of Monday and he is being questioned, the sources said.
The sources, however, did not reveal whether the arrest was made from Banihal or somewhere else.
A letter recovered from the scene had identified the driver as a Hizbul Mujahideen operative, who mentioned his intention to carry out a Pulwama type attack which left 40 CRPF personnel dead after car bomber targeted a CRPF convoy, the newsagency reported.
The forensic experts and a team of National Investigation Agency (NIA) visited Banihal and inspected the scene to help in the investigation.