The operational chief of terror group Hizbul Mujahideen, Dr Saifullah Mir was killed in a gunfight with police and security forces at Rangreth in the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir on Sunday afternoon.
One of his associates has also been arrested by the police, reports the Outlook citing the PTI.
The Inspector-General of Kashmir police Vijay Kumar told reporters that the chief commander of Hizbul has been killed while one militant associated with him has been apprehended during an encounter.
In August 2014, Dr Saifullah Mir joined the military. This year in May he was appointed as the new Hizbul chief five days after his predecessor Reyaz Naikoo was shot dead by the Indian Army in an encounter at his native village Beighpora.
Beighpora village is five kilometres from Mir's village of Malangpora in district Pulwama of South Kashmir, which has remained a hotbed of militancy since 2016.
Hizbul Mujahideen is a separatist militant group that has remained active in the Jammu and Kashmir region.