LeT commander Abu Dujana killed in Pulwama encounter: All that has happened so far

Abu Dujana encounter in Pulwama: The operation has been called off even as the bodies of the slain militants have been recovered, the official said. Abu Dujana, who is a hard core militant, was wanted in many militancy-related attacks on security forces and political workers primarily in south Kashmir.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 1, 2017 8:58 pm
Jammu and Kashmir, Abu Dujana, Lashkar e Taiba, LeT militant Abu Dujana, Pulwama encounter Abu Dujana encounter in Pulwama: LeT’s top commander Abu Dujana has been killed along with his aide by security forces this morning in south Kashmir.

Abu Dujana, top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander and a Pakistani national wanted in connection with many attacks on security forces, was on Tuesday gunned down along with his aide in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, the Army said. The counter-militancy operation was however met with some resistance as over 100 protesters pelted stones on security officials. An Army official, giving details of the operation, said that security forces launched a search and cordon operation in Hakripora area of Pulwama last night on Monday after rececing a tip-off about the presence of Abu Dujana and his local aide, Arif Lilhaari, in the area. Subsequently, a fierce encounter broke out between the militants and security forces earlier today. During the gunbattle, both the militants were killed.

The operation has been called off even as the bodies of the slain militants have been recovered, the official said. Abu Dujana, who is a hard core militant, was wanted in many militancy-related attacks on security forces and political workers primarily in south Kashmir. Also Read: Who is Abu Dujana?

Abu Dujana encounter: Army personnel stand guard near Encounter site. (Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi)

Clashes erupt at Abu Dujana encounter site in Pulwama

After the encounter, several protesters pelted stones at security forces near the encounter sit in Pulwama, in which at least one person was killed and several other were injured, police said. Although there was no official statement on the identity of the deceased, locals who had transported him to the hospital said his name was Firdous Ahmad. In an official statement to the media, the police official said: “One person with fire arm injuries was brought dead at Pulwama district hospital.” The official also added that over 100 “miscreants” began pelting stones at security forces at the encounter site in Hakripora area of Pulwama.

Security forces resorted to tear smoke shells, pellets and a few live rounds to disperse the stone-pelting protesters. While the security forces were retreating after the encounter, few protesters pelted stones at them. To this, the security forces responded by opening fire, resulting in injuries to two persons including a nurse working inside the hospital, the official said. There were several reports of protests breaking out from other parts of the city as well.

Abu Dujana, Lashkar e Taiba, Pulwama Abu Dujana encounter in Pulwama (Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi)

Munir Khan, IG Kashmir, said that operations against terrorists will continue. In a statement to ANI, Khan said: “Stone pelting or no pelting, disruptions or no disruptions, our operations will continue. In spite of our warnings and requests, people on behest of terrorists tend to come in between encounter, and that is how they get injured or killed.”

Internet services suspended after encounter of LeT militant Abu Dujana

Meanwhile, internet services were suspended across Kashmir as a precautionary measure in the wake of clashes after the killing of Abu Dujana and his aide. Police said mobile Internet has been suspended across the Valley to prevent miscreants from resorting to unnecessary propaganda. Mobile Internet services were suspended across platforms such as 2G, 3G and 4G. Even though broadband Internet services on landlines were functional, the speed has been choked to prevent uploading of videos and large images.

Abu Dujana encounter in Pulwama: Womens shout slogans during the killings of a civilian and two militants, including LeT commander Abu Dujana, in an encounter in Pulwama earlier today. (Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi)

Following the protests, authorities also suspended class work in nearly all educational institutions across Kashmir after the encounter of Abu Dujana , Divisional Commissiner of Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan told news agency PTI that all colleges, schools, and universities have been closed for the day. Khan told PTI that he has issued the order for the closure of schools, colleges and universities as a precautionary measure in view of the current situation.

Abu Dujana, Lashkar e Taiba, Jammu and Kashmir, Pulwama Abu Dujana encounter in Pulwama: Army solider stand guard near encounter site. A civilian and two militants, including LeT commander Abu Dujana, in an encounter in Pulwama earlier today.Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi

NC leader Farooq Abdullah congratulates security forces after Abu Dujana encounter

The encounter of LeT’s Abu Dujana has come as a big achievement for the security forces as he was an A++ category terrorist. J Sandhu, General officer Commanding (GoC) 15 corps, was quoted by news agency ANi as saying: “He was not really involved in many attacks, he was just having fun. Basically, he was just a nuisance.” Jammu and Kashmir National Conference leader and former state chief minister Farooq Abdullah congratulated the security forces for killing Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief commander Abu Dujana today: “I hope the security forces continue to do such good work, so that there is peace and calm in the state.”

Abu Dujana, jammu and Kashmir, Pulwama encounter Abu Dujana encounter in Pulwama: Around forty persons were injured on Tuesday in clashes following the killing of two militants, including top LeT commander Abu Dujana, in a gunfight with government forces in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also echoed Abdullah’s statement even as he hailed security forces for their prompt action. “The security forces are taking proper action, be it in Jammu and Kashmir or in some other part of the country, and they are taking firm steps in respective cases,” Rijiju told reporters outside Parliament.

Abu Dujana, Jammu and Kashmir, Lashkar e Taiba Abu Dujana encounter: Panic gripped Lal Chowk after students from various schools clashed with police in Regal Chowk and other areas following the killing of a civilian and two militants, including LeT commander Abu Dujana, in an encounter in Pulwama earlier today.Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi

Dujana, whose real identity was unknown, other than the fact that he was from Pakistan, had escaped the police net more than 12 times earlier, officials who were part of the operation told PTI on condition of anonymity. Pulwama district police along with the SOG, army personnel from Victor Force and 182-182 battalion of the CRPF put in place an impregnable cordon, isolating the area where the operations were on, they said.

Abu Dujana, Jammu and Kashmir, pulwama encounter, lashkar e taiba Abu Dujana encounter: LeT commander Abu Dujana was killed in an encounter in Pulwama earlier today. Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi

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    LALIT CHOPRA
    Aug 2, 2017 at 10:24 am
    Terrorists should be subjected to KHAZOUK punishment only.
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      Drogo Bander
      Aug 2, 2017 at 2:05 am
      shoot them all. and shoot the protestors as well - traitorous scum
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        Shiv
        Aug 1, 2017 at 11:29 pm
        Sab ka Malik ek Hai Ham Sab ek Hai Kafir jihad zooty Hai Ab kashmir aajaad Hai Alagaav waadi pagal Hai
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          VED VED
          Aug 1, 2017 at 10:22 pm
          A nation neck deep in corrupt officialdom! Kill, Kill, Kill?
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            Raj Purohit
            Aug 1, 2017 at 10:02 pm
            Does it have any connection with recent downpour flooding at Mount Abu ???
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              sam
              Aug 1, 2017 at 9:53 pm
              first of all congratulation to Forces, all we know that abu dujana was a terrorist but kasmir youths continuesly take part in baracading forces to let them away. Is there any forces who continusly spur the emotions of young breed or schools/ colleges have been involved as hatred always works in that condition. I don't know right or wrong but mob lynching/turmoil is always offensive and ugly face of society.
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                Shiv
                Aug 1, 2017 at 11:36 pm
                Sam Then India will be no more. Look at history. look at Israel. Look at Mohammed. I too wish so. but sorry, core Islam is not tolerant that is why PAK created.
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                Sam Crosby
                Aug 1, 2017 at 9:33 pm
                Scrap Art-370. Integrate J K with the rest of India.
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                  Drogo Bander
                  Aug 2, 2017 at 2:06 am
                  agreed - and force conversions of the muslims to hindus as well. 1500 years of islam has turned paradise into a just like somalia mali iraq iran syria palestine yemen pakistan and saudi
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                  dilip oak
                  Aug 1, 2017 at 9:26 pm
                  WELL DONE Army personnels. We salute you all. In BJP govt all terrorist shall be killed and any persons on their side should also be killed on the spot. No questions , no court cases etc asked. We all Indian nationals are there to support our Govt and Army in this regard. Jai Narendra Modi ji. Keep it up.
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