The Indian Army today said that had top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant Abu Dujana “surrendered” then he would have been alive today. The army also said they don’t want any civilian casualty to happen in the Valley, according to CNN News 18. “If Dujana had surrendered we wouldn’t have killed him,” the Army said, as per the news channel. The LeT commander was killed on Tuesday by security forces in an encounter in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. He was a Pakistani national, wanted in connection with several terror attacks. “After receiving info we lay cordon in the target area. Company Commander asked AbuDujana if he would surrender, but he refused,” said Kamal Nauriyal of 55 Rashtriya Rifles. The officer also revealed that a joint team with Pulwama Police was formed to track LeT commander Abu Dujana’s movements, as per ANI
Earlier in the day, CNN News 18 released an audio tape, which had the last alleged conversation between the Lashkar commander and a security officer. The audio tape revealed the details of a phone conversation between Dujana and officer. The deceased Lashkar commander can be heard pleading not guilty and claiming his innocence, at the same time he also refused the offer to surrender.
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Dujana also admitted that he left his parents behind in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan for ‘jihad’. When the security officer asked Dujana to surrender, he refused and said, “I won’t surrender, have to die one day… today or tomorrow, it doesn’t matter.” When asked about the girl he was with, and whether he was married or not, Dujana said it was a lie and he did not marry anyone.
When the officer tried to talk and make him surrender by reminding him of his parents, the LeT commander said he had left them. Again when the officer tried a little more, Dujana said, “That it does not matter. Nothing can happen now…Sometimes you are ahead. Sometimes we are. You caught us. Congratulations.” When asked about the bloodshed that has been taking place in the Valley, Dujana said, “I’m not responsible for the bloodshed.”
On August 1, Abu Dujana and his aide were killed in an encounter. Their bodies were recovered and the operation called off. Dujana was identified as a category ‘A’ or ‘A++’ militant by Army and police officials. The terrorist also carried a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head.