Lashkar-e-Taiba commander and Pakistani terrorist Naveed Jatt, wanted in the killing of Kashmiri editor Shujaat Bukhari, was killed in an encounter in Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday. Another militant was also murdered and three army personnel injured in the gunfight.
AscertainingJatt’s death, Jammu and Kashmir Police chief Dilbagh Singh said, “We’ll be writing to the home ministry to inform Pakistan to take back the corpse. It was a swift operation carried out by security forces. We lastly got the prize catch Naveed Jatt. He has managed to give us the slip in six different encounters but today our boys managed to pin him down.”
Jatt was once caught in June 2014 but escaped earlier this year from SMHS Hospital in Srinagar where jail authorities had taken him for a medical checkup. He is alleged to indulge in a series of terror crimes, including the murder of an ASI in Pulwama in 2013, various grenade attacks on security forces and killing of CRPF personnel in Shopian in 2013. He was also involved in conspiring and executing several bank robberies in South Kashmir. As per police records, Jatt had earlier trained with Ajmal Kasab in Pakistan.
Earlier in the event, the encounter broke out after security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Chattergam village of Budgam. As the forces were zeroing in on a house, militants opened fire triggering the encounter. The police have advised citizens not to venture near the encounter zone until it is wholly sanitized. The authorities have snapped internet services in Budgam as a precautionary measure.
In June, Bukhari, editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir, was attacked by three bike-borne gunmen near the newspaper’s office at Lal Chowk. J&K Police said two of the three gunmen were from Kashmir and the third was a Pakistani. Two security personnel accompanying Bukhari were also killed in the attack.