Jammu | Jagran News Desk: In a major success for the security forces, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday night arrested Zahoor Ahmad Rather, who is suspected to be behind the killings of three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Kulgam's Vessu last year.

The police said that Rather, who is a member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba-backed The Resistance Front (TRF), was caught from the Samba district and will be taken to Kashmir for further interrogation.

"A team of Police from Anantnag arrested the militant, Zahoor Ahmad Rather alias Sahil alias Khalid of TRF from Samba on the intervening night of February 12 and 13. Zahoor Ahmad Rather was hiding in Samba and was arrested following specific information by Anantnag Police," a senior police offical said while speaking to an English news channel.

In October last year, three BJP workers -- Fida Hussain, Umer Hajam and Umer Rashid Beigh -- were shot dead by militants in YK Pora area of the Kulgam district. The TRF, on its social media accounts, claimed the responsibility for the attacks and warned that "crematoriums will get overbooked".

The intelligence agencies suspected that the attack was conducted by Rather and backed by Pakistani agencies.

Since June last year, militants have stepped up attacks on BJP workers and leaders in Jammu and Kashmir. In July, a similar attack was conducted in Bandipora where a BJP leader, his father and brother were killed by the ultras.

Meanwhile, the security forces have beefed up their operations in the Valley against militants. On Friday, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir range Vijay Kumar instructed all districts SSPs to enhance anti-terrorist operations in their respective areas and also take all proactive steps to encourage surrendering of local terrorists.

He also stressed on the officers to ensure better synergy and coordination among different security agencies at the ground level and discussed the initiatives taken for the maintenance of law and order besides anti-terrorist operations in the Kashmir Valley.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma