Lelhari was named as the new commander of Ghazwat-ul-Hind in June this year after Zakir Musa was gunned down by security forces.
The martyred SPO has been identified by the police as Billal while another cop was injured in the encounter in Baramulla district.
A cordon-and-search operation was launched in Pandoshan area of the south Kashmir district after a tip-off about the presence of militants was received.
Acting on a tip-off about the presence of militants in Pandushan area of south Kashmir's Shopian district, security forces launched a cordon and search operation there during the night.
Two Army jawans were today killed in separate encounters in south Kashmir in which eight militants were gunned down.
Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Gulab Bagh area of Tral in Pulwama after receiving specific inputs about presence of militants there, a police official said.