The incident took place as Najar was trying to sneak back into the Valley to take control of the Hizbul Mujahideen.
Security forces on Tuesday said they have killed terrorist Abdul Qayoom Najar, one of the most wanted in the valley, in an encounter in Uri district of Jammu and Kashmir.
He was summoned to Pak-administered Kashmir by Hizb chief Syed Salahuddin to sort out differences and was returning to Kashmir on his directions to take charge of and revive the "Hizbul Mujahideen whose commanders of North Kashmir Pervaiz Wani and of South Kashmir Yasin Yatoo were killed recently".
The Police spokesman described his killing a very significant development.
"The slain terrorist was responsible for several innocent killings and was also involved in dozens of terror activities, like attacking mobile dealers in Srinagar city", IG police (Kashmir range) Munir Khan said. He carried Rs 10 lakh bounty on his head.
Najar, he said, was killed in a gunfight with government forces near Zorawar Post of Lachipora Uri.
A resident of Sopore town, he joined militancy barely at the age of 16. After his release, Najar recycled into the militancy in 1995.
He would change his appearance and gave tough time to police. Though the Hizbul Mujahideen had been blaming the Indian agencies for these attacks, police officials were convinced that these killings and attacks are the handiwork of Najar and his associate Imtiyaz Kundoo. "There were other problems as well", he said.
Najar is believed to have adopted a different operational module, besides having expertise in topography of the area, he operated in.
However, he broke away from Hizbul and formed Lashkar-e-Islam after a rebellion.