Wanted Jaish-e-Mohammad militant Noor Mohammad Tantray was killed in an encounter in Samboora area of Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said here today.
Security personnel descended on Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir late on Monday, 25 December, after receiving information that Tantray could be in the hideout.
In July this year, after the Aripal encounter, in which three JeM terrorists were killed, Tantray went underground and soon became the key man of the terror outfit in coordinating and organising attacks at different places, he said.
Police in Indian-administered Kashmir say they have killed a militant separatist leader in a shoot-out outside the city of Srinagar. The encounter continued till early morning, and one JeM cadre was identified as Noor Mohammad Tantray. "However, by the time security forces laid cordon, two terrorists managed to escape".
The 47-year-old Chhota Noora was reportedly the "chief architect" of a militant attack on a Border Security Force (BSF) camp outside the Srinagar International Airport in October. This cover up helped him plan and execute the attacks in and around Kashmir valley, without being coming under the radar of the forces, NDTV reported. Police said Tantray's body was recovered, along with his weapon, from the rubble of the house. There was input about presence of 2/3 terrorists near NHW planning to attack convoy.
Tantray's death comes as a success to the forces in the valley as he acted as a catalyst in the revival of JeM in South Kashmir since 2015.
Police sources said Tantray was a close aide of Gazi Baba, the slain Pakistani Jaish commander and mastermind of the December 2001 Parliament attack, but had no role in that assault.
Noor Mohammad was arrested in 2003 by Delhi police and sentenced to life by a POTA court in 2011.
Afting jumping the parole, he joined JeM and has been a major perpetrator in several attacks on the forces in Kashmir. He spent some time in Tihar Jail before being shifted to Srinagar's Central Jail.