Top LeT operative, who killed Kashmir journalist Bukhari, gunned down in encounter

The killing of Jutt and another militant sparked off protests and clashes between stone-throwing youth and security forces at Kuthipora of Budgam, leaving eleven persons including two CRPF jawans injured, reports said.

A police spokesperson confirmed that two militants were killed in the encounter in Chattergam.

The security forces, acting on a tip about the presence of terrorists had cordoned off and began counterinsurgency in Kashmir's Kuthpora village.

The editor-in-chief of English daily Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari was shot dead by militants when he came out of his office in Press Enclave and was boarding his vehicle.

As Naveed Jatt is a Pakistani national, competent authorities in Govt of India shall be approached for taking up the matter with Pakistan for handing over his body to them, police said. After his escape, Jatt is reported to have made his way to South Kashmir, where he took charge of the militant outfit.

The bodies of the militants have been retrieved from the site of the encounter.

Jutt, as per the police records, had joined Lashkar in 2011 and sneaked into Kashmir in autumn of 2012.

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Bukhari was an editor for the English-language Rising Kashmir, two other daily newspapers and a weekly. Three Soldiers of the Indian Army were reportedly injured in the shootout.

While Jatt was a Lashkar operative, his escape was reported to have been planned and executed by the Hizbul Mujahideen, on the instructions of its chief Riyaz Naikoo.

On November 23, Azad Malik, a prime accused in the killing of journalist Bukhari, was among the six Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists killed by security forces in a pre-dawn encounter in the Bijbehara area of South Kashmir's Anantnag district.

ANI quoted Singh saying: "Those involved in the killing of innocent people in the Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian belt were neutralised". He was also involved in attacks on security establishments and "many other civilian atrocities", police said.

Jatt was among the top LeT militants wanted by the security forces.

According to J&K Police sources, Jatt, who was arrested in June 2014, had told his interrogators that he had "seen Ajmal Kasab in a madrasa run by the LeT sometime in 2006-2007".

Jatt had been nabbed by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in 2014.

  • Sonia Alvarado