In a major breakthrough, the Srinagar police has arrested Masrat Alam, the most wanted separatist leader and mastermind of the ongoing Quit Kashmir agitation.
Additional DGP K. Rajendera said Alam, the man behind the 'protest' calendars, was arrested in the Telbal area on the outskirts of the city on Monday.
“He was responsible for a lot of violence and our major concern was to bring down the violence,'' Rajendra said.
Coming after the arrest of separatist Asiya Andrabi, leader of the Dukhtaran-e-Millat on August 28, Alam's arrest will be seen as a setback for hardline separatists.
A former militant commander, Alam, who is about 40 years old, came into the limelight during the 2008 Amarnath land row and was in custody for 21 months.