Lashkar-e-Taiba leader Naveed Jutt, who as indicated by Jammu and Kashmir police was associated with the execution of senior journalist Shujhaat Bukhari, and other militants were killed in a gunfight with security forces in central Kashmir's Budgam, as said by the police.
Bukhari, the 50-year-old editor-in-chief of the Rising Kashmir daily newspaper, was attacked by three motorcycle-borne shooters while he was entering his vehicle in the Press Enclave region of Srinagar on June 14th this year. Two of his security guards were also killed in the attack. Jatt, the child of a truck driver, was one of the three individuals named by the state police in Bukhari's murder.
A police representative affirmed that two militants were executed in the encounter in Chattergam. the representative said, "One of the aggressors has been recognized as Naveed Jutt also known as Hanzulla.”
A top cop said, "He was extremely a headache for the forces and several operations were propelled to trap him. At last, we caught him in central Kashmir.”
Jutt had gotten away from the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar this February. Two policemen were additionally executed amid Jutt's get away from the hospital. His escape was termed as a major security rupture and authorities had fears that he was attempting to re-empower militancy in South Kashmir.
Jutt, an inhabitant of Chak No 421 in Pakistan's Vehari Multan, was confined in South Kashmir's Kulgam four years prior when he was going about as the district commander of Lashkar. Authorities said before his capture he was the close aide of Abu Qasim and Abu Dujana, two best Lashkar commanders before they were executed in Kashmir. Jutt, according to the police records, had joined Lashkar in 2011 and sneaked into Kashmir in autumn of 2012. Police said Jutt was engaged with three murders in 2013 in Pulwama and was facing trials in many cases.
Not long after his departure from the Srinagar hospital, he was seen in South Kashmir alongside the commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen.
Prior to his capture in 2014, Jutt was active in South Kashmir for a long time and had a decent system of sources who helped him to cover up after his getaway. Jutt was spotted at a few funerals of militants and even circulated his photos carrying weapons in various parts of South Kashmir.
Police said the operation was propelled at around 3 am on Wednesday on the explicit insight based data about the presence of two or three militants in Chattergam. As the forces started the operation, militants opened fire resulting in an encounter which finished at 11 am.
Conflicts ejected in the territory as villagers endeavoured to move closer to the site to enable militants to get away. Nonetheless, police used tear smoke shells to disperse the crowd. Police later recouped the bodies of the militants from the site.
Experts have suspended portable mobile internet in Budgam and Pulwama regions.
Security forces had killed three militants, including a close aide of militants Jutt and Azad Dada, on Tuesday in separate gun fights in South Kashmir's Kulgam and Pulwama region. A soldier of the Indian Army was likewise killed in the gun battle in Kulgam.
Jutt's partner Ajaz Ahmad Makroo was executed in Redwani region of Kulgam and police said that few instances of terror were enlisted against him in Kulgam.