Prime News, National (Jammu & Kashmir), December 26:- Three-feet-tall Noor Mohammad Tantray aka Chhota Noora, top Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist, was killed this morning in an encounter in Samboora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. He had been giving sleepless nights to security forces in Jammu and Kashmir for the last six months.
The 47-year-old Tral resident was said to be behind an attack on the BSF camp near Srinagar International Airport in October as well as the Uri attack in 2016, which was described as “the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades”. In fact, he had played an important role in most major attacks in the Valley since taking over the reins of the jihadist group in 2015, police said.
Security forces are calling it a huge success as he had become a “headache” in Kashmir. SP Vaid, Director General of police, said that Noora and his associates were planning to attack a convoy on Srinagar-Jammu highway. But they managed to eliminate him in time.
“It was a clean operation based on specific intelligence inputs,” a senior police officer involved in the operation told NDTV. “However, by the time security forces laid cordon, two terrorists managed to escape. Search operations in area are on to identify and arrest them,” he added.
Noora was arrested in Delhi in 2003 and sentenced to life by a Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) court in 2011. He jumped parole in July and joined the JeM. “He was convicted for life, however, the court had allowed him to serve his life sentence in Kashmir. He was granted parole in 2015, but he had been on the run since then,” the officer said.
According to intelligence officials, the JeM had consolidated their strength this year. However, in last three months, the forces have managed to eliminate 15 of their cadres in south Kashmir itself. “Their fighting strength has gone down. December and January are crucial months for us as most big attacks conducted by the JeM have taken place in these months,” said a senior Ministry of Home Affairs official. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).