Slain JeM commander tried to join BJP, kill top leaders: Report

Slain JeM commander tried to join BJP, kill top leaders: Report
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NEW DELHI: Noor Mohammad Tantray, the slain JeM commander wanted to join the Bharatiya Janata Party and kill several senior members of the party.

Tantray, also known as the “merchant of death”, wanted to join the BJP in 2003, reported the DNA.

The JeM militant even visited the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, where he obtained a form to register as an active member of the party. His plan was to spy and later attack the unsuspecting BJP leaders.

But before the plan could materialise, the Anti-Terror Unit of Delhi Police’s Special Cell, then headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Chand, arrested him and his associates from Delhi with a huge cache of arms and ammunition.

The four-feet-tall militant went by several aliases such as Peer Baba, Gulzar Ahmed Bhat, Uwais, etc.

Tantray, who was out on parole, died in a fierce gunbattle in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. He was killed during the intervening night of December 25-26 at Samboora in Pulwama – not too far from his home in Tral.

After his arrest in 2003, Tantray had spent nearly eight years in Delhi’s Tihar Jail and later intensified his activities since release on parole in 2015.

“Tantray was a member of JeM and was arrested for entering into a criminal conspiracy with four others (Rashid, Shahid, Habeeb and Khurshid Ahmed Butt. Four others having since been killed in different encounters with security forces), to commit terrorist acts and wage war against India,” Chand told DNA.