The officer added that Tantray was one of the chief architects of the attack on a BSF camp near Srinagar airport in October, and was also wanted in connection with a number of attacks in south and central Kashmir.
Security personnel descended on Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir late on Monday, 25 December, after receiving information that Tantray could be in the hideout.
A police officer told The Indian Express in October that Noor's physical appearance proved to be his biggest disadvantage, he said, "He is just three feet tall", and "So he can be easily identified, making his movement hard". Inspector General of Police Muneer Khan said that the killed terrorist was a member of the Jaish-e-Mohammed and also the jihadist group of Kashmir. There was input about presence of 2/3 militants near NHW planning to attack convoy.
"One weapon was recovered from the encounter site".
In January 2011, Tantray and four others, including two from Kashmir, were sentenced to life imprisonment by a POTA court in Delhi. He spent some time in Tihar Jail before being shifted to Srinagar's Central Jail.
Consequently, he remained in Tral at South Kashmir and became a major overground worker of the JeM in the region, the police said.
Noor Muhammed who had jumped Police parole and rejoined militancy was the mastermind to restore JeM's force in the valley.
"However, by the time security forces laid cordon, two terrorists managed to escape". The militant, identified as Noor Muhammad Tantray, was on the wanted list of the Indian Army.
The gunfight broke out in village Samboora of Pulwama district, 28 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Tantray, 47, a resident of Tral in Pulwama district, became a "key man" of the JeM, responsible for planning and coordination before carrying out attacks at different places.
His death is seen as a major blow to the militant outfit. His funeral was attended by many, including some militants who offered a gun salute.