The Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested a computer engineer having links with militant outfit Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) for allegedly "planning and executing" the car bomb explosion that left his accomplice dead and injured 20 others in Anantnag district last month.
The arrested engineer, identified as Mohammad Iqbal Bhat, alias Mudasir, hails from Awantipora town, Anantnag senior superintendent of police (SSP) RK Jalla told PTI.
Jalla said Bhat was involved in "planning and executing" the blast which killed Mohammad Abbas Dar and injured 20 others, including three CRPF jawans, near Bijbehara town in south Kashmir, 45km from here, on March 22.
The police officer said the car bomb targeted at "any security forces convoy or a VIP vehicle" which would have passed the spot where the car was parked.
Jalla said investigations revealed that Dar was an accomplice of Bhat and got killed when he went to check the IED (improvised explosive device) after it did not explode with the mobile phone trigger. "They had tried to explode the IED twice using the mobile phone detonator, which failed. Abbas went to check the battery connection of the device, which exploded due to his fiddling," the SSP said.
Jalla said Abbas was working for LeT and had brought the IED-laden vehicle to the spot. He said the module was working under Lateef Kachru, a Lashkar commander in Awantipora area of south Kashmir.
The police are on the lookout for another suspect, who is evading arrest, he added. The IED for the blast was prepared by Bhat in the Junglenar area of Awantipora, Jalla said.