Abu Dujana, a Pakistani national and top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander wanted in connection with many attacks on security forces, was killed in an encounter along with his aide in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, Army said today. Killing of Dujana is an important development in India’s fight against terrorism in the valley. It is also expected to put a break on Lashkar’s activities in the Valley.
The significance of Dujana’s killing can be assessed from the fact that he was wanted in many militancy-related attacks on security forces and political workers in south Kashmir. Moreover, he was category ‘A’ militant and carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, a police official told PTI. Hours after Lashkar’s Kashmir chief Dujana was gunned down by security, CRPF Director General RR Bhatnagar said the killing of the LeT commander was a big achievement.
Bhatnagar said that as many as 107 terrorists in Kashmir have been gunned down by the security forces in 2017. Death of Dujana would boost India’s resolve to fight terrorism and bring normalcy in the Valley.
According to The Indian Express, Dujana had reportedly managed to escape security forces five times in the past.
As soon as the news about killing of Dujana and his accomplice Arif spread, local residents in Hakripora village resorted to stone pelting. As the security forces were engaged in the counter- militancy operation, over 100 protestors pelted stones on them. Lastly the army had to use tear gas shells and pellet guns. One person was killed and 5-6 were injured in clashes.
During a press conference, Inspector General (IG) Munir Khan said, “Quantum of fire from terrorists’ side was very heavy. In spite of our warnings and requests, people on behest of terrorists tend to come in between encounter, that is how they get injured and killed.”
However, Khan went ahead to say that stone pelting or no pelting, disruptions or no disruptions, the army operations against the terrorists will continue. “Abu Dujana was a category A++ LeT terrorist. He was not really involved in many attacks, but was a nuisance. Vo yahan aiyyashi kar raha tha bas (He was only having fun here)” said J Sandhu,GOC 15 Corps.