Top Lashkar commander Abu Dujana, who had successfully evaded security dragnets on several occasions, was killed in Pulwama during a joint counter-terror operation carried out by the Jammu & Kashmir police, CRPF and the Army.
The elimination of the Lashkar leader, the mastermind behind the Pampore and Udhampur attacks, is seen as a major counter-terrorism success following a seven-hour gunbattle.
Dujana ,23 year old,was killed after an intelligence tip off that he was to visit Rukiya allegedly his wife, in Pulwama.
According to sources the, terrorist was in frequent touch with local girls as per the technical intelligence provided by tech cells. This also revealed that he was in frequent touch with his handlers in Pakistan including Syed Salahuddin. The police cracked the phone with the help of foreign firms and got hold of a lot of his contacts and used the numbers to follow them.
Senior police officials told the media that he had become an “eyesore” for many locals because he would force himself on women and was a repeat offender. “His elimination is seen as relief for many, especially women,” Khan said. Dujana’s routine of meeting his wife, and sometimes other women, was known to security forces.
Intelligence indicated Dujana would visit the house of his father-in-law around July 3 to August 1. J&K police, which had been on Dujana’s trail for some time, had figured out a certain pattern of timing and pre-arrival movements.
A joint cordon-and-search operation was launched at 4.30am and led by J&K police and its SOG and assisted by 182 battalion, 183 battalion, CRPF and 55 Rashtriya Rifles (RR).
Dujana was cornered by the counter-terror forces and killed along with his accomplice Arif Nabi Dar, alias Arif Lahiri.
Active since 2010, Dujana was made LeT commander in south Kashmir following the killing of Abu Qasim in 2015. A master of disguise, he had given the slip to security forces many times
The elimination of the Lashkar leader, an “A++” category terrorist with an award of Rs 15 lakh,the mastermind behind the Pampore and Udhampur attacks, is seen as a major counter-terrorism success following a seven-hour gunbattle.
In the past five years, Dujana carried out several attacks which left more than 17 security personnel dead, including two army officers of the Parachute Regiment’s Special Forces Battalion, and injured 48. He replaced LeT commander and Udhampur attack mastermind Abu Qasim, who was killed by security forces in October 2015.
In 2016, the tidal wave of protest which swept rural Kashmir after the killing of jihadist Burhan Wani, Dujana emerged, at Wani’s funeral, a public figure ,admonishing crowds for manhandling Wani’s body. He became a point of contact for young jihadists, and a target for intelligence and police services.
The Jammu and Kashmir government, in a first, will approach the Pakistan High Commission to accept the body Dujana, who is believed to be from Gilgit-Baltistan region in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
“We are collecting evidence and will approach the Pakistani high commission soon so that if his family wants they can claim the body,” the state director general of police SP Vaid told sources.
Islamabad have always turned down India’s requests ,as accepting the bodies would mean admitting Pakistani militants are involved in creating unrest in India.
Vaid said the militant’s body has been buried temporarily at the Gantamulla graveyard as “amanat”, a concept in Islam where a body is buried with the faith that the earth with protect it. Police said the body can be buried properly if Pakistan refuses to accept it.
Since January till 31 July, Indian security forces have neutralised 116 terrorists in the Valley, up from 92 in the same period last year. This figure includes former Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Dujana and his accomplice. The government is also going after Hurriyat, arresting separatist leaders in cases linked with hawala channels, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)-sponsored terror network and corruption.
There is a sense that the Indian state means business, and it believes that peace will only be achieved through the restoration of law and order in the Valley.
National Investigation Agency has unearthed an elaborate scam through Line of Control trade where Pakistani goods are sold at triple the market price and resultant funds are channeled into terror networks.
NIA is a Premier Central Agency established by the Indian Government to combat terror in India. It acts as the Central Counter Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency. The agency is empowered to deal with terror related crimes across states without special permission from the states.
Interestingly, Mehbooba has refused to comply with NIA’s request to shut down the scam-ridden LoC trade network and has instead declared that more such trade routes will be opened.
Sources also reveal “that Pakistan’s ISI and LeT have been in touch with most of the separatist leaders in the state. It says that the top leaders of Hurriyat acquired funds sent through hawala channels and under the guise of cross-LoC trade to finance protests over the last one year.”
The report also says that Hurriyat leaders hire stone-pelters at a sum of around Rs 500-Rs2,000 on a daily/weekly basis and park the surplus illegal cash in properties.
Little wonder that choking of these channels of funding has seen a dramatic drop in stone-pelting incidents this summer. CRPF chief Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar said this week that while 1,590 incidents of pelting were officially recorded last year. The number has fallen to 424.