LeT commander, NC activist killed in J&K
10 January 2002
Srinagar: A self styled district commander of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit and a ruling National Conference activist were among eight persons killed in Jammu and Kashmir, where ultras set off a landmine blast and set afire a vital road link since on Wednesday night, an official spokesman said. The self-styled district commander of LeT, Qaiser alias Samra, was killed alongwith two of his associates in an encounter near Sheikhpora village in Anantnag district on Wednesday evening, a senior Army officer said. Commander of first sector Rashtriya Rifles Brigadier Bikram Singh told reporters at Khanabal in Anantnag district that Army search parties confronted the three militants at the village and asked them to surrender. However, the militants opened fire and in the ensuing gunbattle, Qaiser and his two accomplices Hyder Ali and Tariq Raja Naikoo were killed. An Army jawan was killed and six others were also injured in the gunbattle. Militants also shot dead a NC activist, Ghulam Hassan Ganai inside his house at Kalaroos in Kupwara on Wednesday night. Ganai''s son, Hamid, was also killed by militants in 1993. In a separate encounter in Anantnag, security forces shot dead a LeT militant, and arrested another, during search operations at Kamsoo-Mattan on Thursday.