The Jammu police claimed to have foiled an Independence Day terror plot with the arrest of a militant who was found in possession of eight grenades. The police said terrorists were planning to trigger blasts in the winter capital.

According to reports, the police acting on intelligence inputs intercepted a bus in Gandhi Nagar area late Sunday night and arrested a youth from Kashmir who was carrying eight hand grenades.

The militant was identified as Arfan Wani, a resident of Awantipora in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. Eight live hand grenades and Rs 60,000 in cash were recovered from his possession, said a police officer.

Police and other security agencies are alert in the wake of intelligence inputs that the Kashmiri militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), and Hizbul Mujahideen plan to carry out terror strikes in Jammu and New Delhi on the occasion of Independence Day on August 15.

A high alert has been sounded in Jammu following the major arrest. The police said the arrested militant was being put through sustained interrogation to get details about the plans and his contacts in Jammu and its outskirts.

More details are awaited.

(With agency inputs)