Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Abu Dujana killing: Situation tense in Kashmir, separatists call for shutdown

Abu Dujana killing: Situation tense in Kashmir, separatists call for shutdown

Dujana and his accomplice Arif Nabi Dar alias Arif Lelhari were shot dead by security forces during an operation in Hakripora village.

Security forces in Kashmir killed Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Dujana in an encounter in Pulwama on Tuesday. Curfew-like restrictions have been imposed in some parts of the Jammu and Kashmir. "He was very, very mobile", a police officer said on condition of anonymity. Forces responded with teargas, pellets and live fire to contain the situation, sources said.

Official sources and witnesses said almost three dozen protesters were injured as residents, including women and children, clashed with security forces at many places in the Valley and resorted to stone-pelting.

Indian forces killed a top Mujahideen commander in Occupied Kashmir on Tuesday, triggering clashes in which one protester was killed and dozens injured. This has resulted in better flow of Intelligence about the presence of terrorists who infiltrated from across the Line of Control (LoC) and the security forces managed to neutralise them, officials said.

The Kashmir valley observed a complete shutdown on Wednesday in protest against the death of two civilians in clashes that followed the encounter. He carried a cash reward of Rs. 1.5 million on his head.

Dujana had escaped several such operations in the past.

In one such incident past year, when a joint team of Army's RR, J&K police SOG and CRPF were tracking him through one of the phones he used, Dujana sent a local supporter to Avantipora with his cellphone while he himself travelled elsewhere. During one of these, his close associate Abu Okasha who was allegedly involved in the August 5, 2015 ambush on a BSF convoy near the garrison town of Udhampur was among those killed in Pulwama's Padgam Pora-Wandakpora village in March this year.

After the killing of Dujana, the focus will be now shifted to the new Lashkar commander, Abu Ismail who was named by police in the Amarnath yatra attack and Abu Qasim's brother Abdul Rehman.

Addressing the media with Lt Gen JS Sandhu, General Officer Commanding of the Army's 15th Corps, Inspector General of Police Munir Khan said: "Dujana's killing is good riddance to a nuisance".

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