Naveed Jatt, Shujaat Bukhari’s Alleged Killer, Trained With Kasab

Jatt was born in Pakistan and was part of Kasab’s group where he underwent arms training.

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File photo of Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Naveed Jatt.

Pakistan-born Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Naveed Jatt, who was wanted in connection with the assassination of journalist Shujaat Bukhari and had escaped from custody in February, was gunned down in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam district on Wednesday, 28 November.

In a major success for the security forces, “most wanted” Jatt, who was an associate of 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab, was killed along with an accomplice in an encounter in a village in central Kashmir's Budgam area, PTI reported quoting officials.

Who Was Naveed Jatt?

Naveed Jatt was known as a commander of the proscribed terror outfit LeT, who had staged a dramatic escape from a government hospital in Srinagar in February, four months before Bukhari’s killing.

Other than Shujaat Bukhari’s killing, Jatt was also wanted for his complicity in a series of terror crimes, including attacks on security establishments and many other civilian atrocities, police said.

According to the disclosures he made earlier, Jatt, also known as Jhutt and Abu Hanzalla, was born in Multan in Pakistan and was part of Kasab’s group at a madrassa in the neighbouring country, where he had undergone arms training.

The militant had undergone intensive training and was good at handling equipment like compasses, GPS, wireless sets and mobile phones installed with the Skype software, an official told PTI.

Jatt and his associates crossed over into Kashmir Valley in October 2012, state police records.

Jatt’s History of Terror Crime

The 22-year-old school dropout from Pakistan was involved in multiple terror strikes, including an attack on the Army in Hyderpora in Srinagar, an attack on the Silver Star hotel along the national highway outside the city and three attacks on police and CRPF camps in south Kashmir.

He was involved in the killing of an ASI in Pulwama on May 2013, a series of grenade attacks on security forces and the killing of CRPF personnel at Awneera Shopian in August 2013, officials told PTI.

Besides, he was also involved in conspiring and executing several bank robberies and terror attacks in south Kashmir. These include the attack on a court complex in Pulwama on March 2014, in which two police officers were killed, and the strike against a polling party in Shopian the following month, in which a presiding official, Zai-ul-Haq Wani, was killed along with several civilians.

He was also believed to be involved in an attack on a police team in Bongam Shopian on June 2014, in which several civilians and police officers were injured.

Jatt escaped from SMHS Hospital on 6 February this year after he was caught in Kulgam in South Kashmir in 2014. He was moved to the hospital with suspected scabies after complaining of itchiness to the medical staff at the Central Jail Srinagar.

(With inputs from PTI)

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