Jammu & Kashmir Police

Naveed had crossed into Kashmir valley in 2012: Police

Top Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Naveed Jatt was killed along with an associate in a gunfight with the government forces in Chattergam area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday, police said.

“A cordon & search operation was launched in the predawn hours today based on a credible input about the presence of militants in Kuthpora Chattergam area of district Budgam jointly by Police and security forces,” said a police spokesman.

As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the hiding militants. The fire was retaliated, leading to a gunfight.

“In the ensuing encounter, two militants were killed and the bodies were retrieved from the site of encounter,” said the spokesman.

Among the two militants killed, one has been identified as Naveed Jatt alias Hanzalla who was known as commander of proscribed outfit LeT.

“He was wanted by law for his complicity in a series of crimes including killing of noted journalist Shujaat Bukhari, attacks on security establishments and many other civilian atrocities,” said the spokesman.

As per his earlier disclosure, Naveed Jatt alias Hanzalla was born in Multan Pakistan, said the spokesman, adding that he was part of militant Ajmal Kasab group at a Madrassa in Pakistan where he had undergone arms training.

“As per police records, in October 2012, Naveed Jatt along with his associates had crossed over into the valley of Kashmir,” he said.

“He had a long history of crime records since 2012. He was involved in killing of an ASI in Pulwama on May 2013, series of grenade attacks on security forces and was involved in killing of CRPF personnel at Awneera Shopian in August 2013,” said the spokesman.

Besides, he was also involved in conspiring and executing several bank robberies and attacks in South Kashmir including attack on Court Complex Pulwama on March 2014 in which two policemen were killed, attack on polling party in Shopian on April 2014 in which several civilians sustained injuries and one presiding officer namely Zai-ul-Haq Wani was killed, attack on police party at Bongam Shopian in June 2014 in which several civilians and policemen were injured.

He was apprehended by police in June 2014, however, he managed to escape from the custody in the month of February 2018 while he was being taken to SMHS hospital Srinagar for medical treatment from Central Jail Srinagar.

“In a shootout that took place at the hospital two policemen were killed. He also figured as a suspect in case FIR No. 51/2018 in P/S Kothi Bagh pertaining to the assassination of Shujaat Bukhari and his security personnel. In the aforementioned case, which is under investigation a hue & cry notice was issued against Naveed Jatt and three others on the basis of material evidence collected.”

Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.

“All these materials have been taken for case records and probe their complicity in other cases. Police has registered a case and initiated investigation in the matter,” said the spokesman.

“Since Naveed Jatt is a Pakistani national, following the procedure competent authorities shall be approached in Govt of India for taking up the matter with Pakistan for handing over his body to them.”