Top JeM commander killed in Pulwama encounter

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"He was of great help to the militants in terms of logistics, coordination, operations and recruitment", Commander 1 Sector RR, Sanjeev Saroch, said, adding that Tantray's killing was definitely a major setback to the JeM. "One AK-56, pistol and magazines were recovered from his possession", Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muneer Khan said. "Besides he was wanted in a number of offences in south and central Kashmir", said the spokesman.

According to the police, Noora had been receiving funds from across the border for terror activities as he had become the chief finance handler for JeM. The Polie had then arrested him and recovered almost 19.2 lakhs from his possession. Army, police and CRPF launched a joint operation and in the ensuing encounter, a Jaish terrorist was killed.

Tantray was out on a parole since 2015.

As per a statement issued to news agency CNS, Mehmood Shah, the LeT Chief said that: "The Indian agencies had arrested Commander Noor Muhammad for being a Kashmiri under POTA, a law passed by Indian law-makers to suppress the indigenous freedom struggle of Kashmir".

Police sources earlier told The Indian Express that Tantray, a resident of Tral in Pulwama district, had taken over command of the JeM in South Kashmir and was engineering the outfit's bid to regroup in the Valley.

"The accused was one of the chief architects of the BSF camp attack near Srinagar airport this year". It was night long gun battle between the two JeM militants and police who found Noor's dead body in the morning.

Tantray was serving a life-imprisonment sentence in Central Jail Srinagar when he jumped his parole in the year 2015 to join militancy.

During the gunfight a Jaish militant Nooruddin Trali was killed.

He was also involved in the grenade attack carried on State PWD Minister Naeem Akhtar's cavalcade in Tralon 21 September.

Monday's attack was reportedly launched in response to the death of four Indian soldiers, including an Army major, in alleged unprovoked Pakistani firing along the LoC. A complete shutdown was observed in Tral area on Tuesday, and Internet and railway services were suspended in South Kashmir. Reports said that thousands of people flocked at his native Darganaie Gund village of Tral town to pay tributes to him.

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