The Indian armed forces on Tuesday gunned down the Lashkar-e-Taiba Kashmir chief Abu Dujana in an encounter in Kashmir’s Pulwama along with another terrorist.
“Abu Dujana was a category A++ Lashkar terrorist,” said J Sandhu, General Officer Commanding of 15 Corps.
Inspector General Munir Khan told media that he quantum of fire from terrorists’ side was very heavy. Abu Dujana and Arif, another terrorist have been killed in the encounter along with one civilian casualty.
“Stone pelting or no stone pelting, disruption or no disruptions, our operation will continue,” Khan said.
The security forces acted after they received intelligence inputs, which indicated that a few militants were taking refuge in Pulwama’s Hakripora village. As soon as the information was received, the armed forces cordoned the area and began a subsequent search operation, a police official confirmed to news agency.
Moments after the search operation was initiated, the terrorists opened fire on the forces, prompting a retaliation from the forces and triggering a fierce gun battle.
115 terrorists are active in south Kashmir, out of which 10 to 12 are foreign terrorists and rest are locals, said Major General B S Raju, GOC Victor Force.
“ We are constantly appealing to young boys and speaking to village elders to prevent young boys from joining militancy,” he said
Dujana, also known as Hafiz, was an instrumental figure in the LeT and was reportedly a divisional commander. Dujana, whose name was on the terrorist hit list compiled by the security forces, hailed from northern Pakistan.
This particular execution is a major success story for the armed forces, as the slippery terrorist had on multiple occasions managed to escape encounter-like situations, assisted by mobs who pelt stone in the Valley.
Sandhu said that Dujana was not “really involved in many attacks”.
“He was involved in debauchery and was a nuisance,” he added.
There have been a number of civilians who have been injured and killed in the cross firings and encounters between the police and army and the terrorists.
Khan said that in spite of their warnings and requests people tend to come in between encounters on the behest of the terrorists and that is how they get injured.