Pulwama: District commander of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Ayub Lelhari, was killed Wednesday evening in an ambush laid by government forces, here in Banderpora area of Pulwama district.
A policeman of the special operations group (SOG) was also injured in gunfire and is being treated at the Air Force base in Koil.
Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid confirmed the killing of Lelhari on his Twitter handle.
“Ayub Lelhari, district commander of LeT eliminated in Pulwama,” Vaid posted. The tweet further read, “Excellent work boys!”
A category A+ militant, Ayub Lone Lelhari, alias Hateeb-ullah, had been active since July 2015. He belonged to Lelhar village in Pulwama district. He was a driver before he picked up arms. He is survived by his mother, two brothers and a sister.
According to Superintendent of Police Pulwama, Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam, a naka (checkpoint) was established near Chandgam of Banderpora in Koil area of Pulwama district, following inputs regarding movement of militants.
“His vehicle was motioned to stop but he opened fire. The fire was retaliated and he was killed,” Aslam said.
An Over Ground Worker (OGW), accompanying Lone, managed to flee while the driver of the Tavera vehicle has been arrested.
A police source in Pulwama told Kashmir Reader that Lelhari’s movement was being tracked since a while.
“We had been following his movements ever since he escaped from the encounter in Samboora,” the source said.
A Pakistani militant was killed, while Lelhari managed to escape, during an encounter in Samboora area of Pampore on August 7.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that Lone had been injured during the Samboora encounter and was still nursing the injury.
“Apparently he was moving around for treatment even today,” the source told Kashmir Reader.
The body of Lelhari was soon retrieved and after identification sent for medico-legal formalities. It was then handed over to his family in Lelhar.
People had already started assembling at Lone’s home in Lelhar when this report was being filed.