Lashkar-e-Taiba chief commander Abu Dujana was gunned down in a military encounter by the security forces on August 1 in the Hakripora village of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The encounter took place after the Indian Army called for a search operation in the region after getting information from intelligence sources about the presence of a militant in the area. They cordoned off the area, following which the encounter took place. Earlier in the day, CNN News 18 released an audio tape that allegedly is the last conversation between the Lashkar commander and a security force officer.
The audio tape reveals the details of a phone conversation between Dujana and the officer. The Lashkar chief can be heard pleading not guilty and claiming his innocence, at the same time he also refuses the offer to surrender. For the first time, Abu Dujana has admitted to leaving his parents behind in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan for ‘jihad’. When the security officer asks Abu 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 that it was a lie and he did not marry anyone.
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When the officer tried to talk him into surrender by reminding him of his parents, the LeT commander said that he had left them. When the officer tried a little more to make him surrender as they had lost him many times over the last few months, 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 over a period of time now, Dujana said, “I’m not responsible for the bloodshed.”