A 47-year-old dwarf who walked with a limp and plotted several terror attacks for Jaish-e-Mohammad Terrorist Group , was killed by the forces in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district last night, after years of cat-and-mouse chase.
The four feet two inches tall Jaish commander, Noor Mohammad Tantray, alias Noor Trali, alias Peer Baba, alias Chhota Noora, had planned several terror attacks in the Kashmir valley, including the one on BSF camp near Srinagar airport in October and on state minister Naeem Akhtar’s cavalcade in Tral on September 21.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2011 in the case and shifted to Srinagar’s Central Jail in 2015 before being released on parole. His parole was extended by the Jammu & Kashmir High Court same year.
Since he jumped parole in 2015, Trali was aggressively reviving outfit’s activities, especially helping bring large number of trained fighters from Pakistan into the valley, intelligence sources in Delhi said. He was stepping up JeM’s role in Kashmir by planning and assisting in major attacks on security forces. Besides contributing to last year’s terror attack on the Uri army base, Trali lately designed a series of attacks on the highways on the security forces apart from identifying escape routes for terrorists.
On Tuesday, director general of Police, SP Vaid said that based on a specific intelligence input, security forces cordoned off the house in Samboora village, where Trali was staying with two or three other militants. While the other terrorists managed to escape, Trali was killed in a gunfight.
Intelligence Bureau officials said that Trali was responsible for the “stay, logistics and operational activities” of a large number of Pakistani terrorists in Kashmir for past several months. He had also become the chief finance handler of JeM in Kashmir and regularly received funds from across the border.
Trali was recruited as an over ground worker (OGW) by Jaish-e-Mohammad’s top leader Ghazi Baba in the late 90s, particularly in view of the strategic advantage his short height provided. Due to his dwarfness, he escaped the scrutiny and suspicion by the forces for a long time.
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