A top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist was neutralised in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore early on Wednesday, the police said.

The LeT terrorist, identified as Asif, was responsible for the Saturday shootout in Danger Pora village of Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore district that left four people, including a 2-year-old baby, injured.

The terrorists had barged into Hamidullah Rather’s house at Dangerpura in the north Kashmir district as they were upset that he ran his business despite warnings.

According to the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Asif was also responsible for shooting at a migrant labour Shafi Alam in Sopore.

The residents were reportedly asked to shut their shops in protest against the Centre’s move to abrogate Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Post the revocation of Article 370, militants have been resorting to civilian killings and threats to instil fear among the people so that the return of normalcy is prevented in the valley.

Earlier, two nomadic goatherds (bakarwals) in Tral area and a shopkeeper in Srinagar city were killed by terrorists. Also, a truck driver was killed during stone-pelting instigated by militants in Bijbehara area.

Earlier on Monday, eight Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists involved in threatening and intimidating locals by publishing posters were arrested in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore.

The police also recovered computers and other accessories used in drafting and publishing of posters in the Valley.

The Sopore Police is also investigating the complicity of these terrorists in the recent killing of civilians in the area.

The arrested LeT terrorists had prepared posters and circulated them in the locality in a bid to instil fear in the people.