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New security headache in Jammu & Kashmir: 3-ft-tall Jaish-e-Mohammed militant

Tantray, who was arrested in Delhi in 2003 and sentenced to life by a POTA court in 2011, is reported to have jumped parole a few months ago and rejoined militancy.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: October 19, 2017 5:07 pm
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A 47-YEAR-OLD militant, who is only three feet tall, is reported to be behind the recent attacks by the Jaish-e-Mohammed in Kashmir. According to police sources, Noor Mohammad Tantray, a resident of Tral in Pulwama district, has taken over command of the JeM in South Kashmir and is engineering the outfit’s bid to regroup in the Valley.

Tantray, who was arrested in Delhi in 2003 and sentenced to life by a POTA court in 2011, is reported to have jumped parole a few months ago and rejoined militancy.

“Yes, he has joined JeM,” Awantipora SP Muhammad Zahid told The Indian Express.

“Our investigations into the recent attacks have revealed that he (Tantray) is playing a pivotal role in the Jaish,” a senior police officer told The Indian Express. “He and another Jaish commander, Mufti Waqas, have been playing a major role in the recent attacks carried out by the outfit.”

According to police sources, Tantray provided logistical support to JeM militants who stormed the District Police Lines in Pulwama in August. Eight security personnel and three militants were killed in that attack. Tantray is also reported to have been involved in the JeM attack on the BSF camp, outside the Srinagar International Airport, on October 3, in which one BSF officer and three militants were killed.

Sources said Tantray was also found to be involved in the grenade attack on State PWD Minister Naeem Akhtar’s cavalcade in Tral on September 21.

Police sources said Tantray was earlier a close aide of Jaish commander Ghazi Baba, who masterminded the 2001 attack on Parliament. After Ghazi Baba was killed, Tantray was arrested from Delhi’s Sadar Bazar on August 31, 2003. The Delhi Police claimed to have recover Rs 19.2 lakh from his possession and accused him of being in touch with JeM militants.

In January 2011, Tantray and four others, including two from Kashmir, were sentenced to life imprisonment by a POTA court in Delhi. After being lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail for some time, he was shifted to Srinagar. Tantray was released on parole in 2015, after which the Jammu and Kashmir High Court extended his parole several times.

However, three months ago, Tantray is reported to have gone underground and rejoined militancy. Police sources said he had rejoined JeM, and was closely coordinating the outfit’s operations with Waqas, a resident of Bahawalpur in Pakistan.

“He has a good military mind. He is like Qayoom Najar of South Kashmir,” said a police officer, referring to former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Abdul Qayoom Najar, who was killed in Uri last month. “He also knows the Jaish’s old militant and sympathiser network, and will try to revive that network”.

A police officer, however, said Tantray’s physical features are a disadvantage for him. “He is just three feet tall,” he said. “So he can be easily identified, making his movement difficult.”

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  1. Amar Goud B
    Oct 20, 2017 at 8:27 am
    Parole for a terrorist... great law....
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      Umar
      Oct 20, 2017 at 7:47 am
      These militants should be jailed in Andaman and Nicobar after arresting them. It seems to be a total error on the part of govt. as showing weakness / humanity in dealing these barbaric and unhuman creatures.
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        Mohmmad saleem Sofi
        Oct 20, 2017 at 11:07 am
        Dear Umar for your kind information they are our freedom fighters we love them we have to get out cruel invader India out of Jammu and Kashmir very soon inshallah.we will achieve our freedom very soon.....
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          Prabhu Kumar
          Oct 20, 2017 at 5:02 pm
          Hahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahah.......
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        Phenku Buster
        Oct 20, 2017 at 5:13 am
        Modi is responsible for this as he keeps appeasing Pakistan and Mufti Government. Now he is doing a fraud with jawans at boarder by celebrating diwali with them. He promised to bring 10 pakistani heads (skulls) against any jawan killed. His chappan inch chest is only a jumla.
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          Mohmmad saleem Sofi
          Oct 20, 2017 at 11:12 am
          India is under the rule of bloody criminal,corrupt and mudrerer prime minister .....
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            YPG
            Oct 20, 2017 at 4:25 pm
            Muslim moguls have been the invaders murderers rapist and looters of Hindus. We must throw these cruel Pakistanis and people like you out of our country. You will never never never succeed. You can dream as much as you want. Your type of muslims are real Haram Khors and namak haram.
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          Yatin
          Oct 20, 2017 at 2:47 am
          Shouldn't a life sentence mean you are in jail forever? How does someone get parole in 6 years after being punished to a life sentence? The dwarf must have had a good lawyer....or just a really gullible judge (probably thought the terrorist was a little child).
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            Mohmmad saleem Sofi
            Oct 20, 2017 at 11:16 am
            They are our freedom fighters,We love them .we support them socially and morally. We hate criminal India we hate invader India.we want freedom from cruel criminal,mudrer,deciever India.... We want freedom from India We want freedom from India We want freedom from India
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            Sundara Raajan.
            Oct 19, 2017 at 10:25 pm
            BETTER TO KILL HIM THROUGH ENCOUNTER!!!
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