Kashmir

TEROR DIARY OF ABU DUJANA

Dujana hailed from Gilgit Baltistan, which is a part of Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK). Dujana joined LeT when he was 17. Dujana had given slip to security forces five times.  Dujana was trapped by security forces when he had come to meet his wife and was gunned down in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Dujana was a A++ category terrorist carrying over Rs 15 lakh bounty on his head who masterminded various attacks on convoys of security forces on Jammu and Kashmir’s highways.

Dujana first infiltrated into India in 2010 after which he developed LeT’s network across Jammu and Kashmir, especially south Kashmir, which has been a hotbed of militancy since the past year.

In 2015, Dujana took over from Abu Qasim, who was killed in an encounter with security forces He was believed to have been active in north Kashmir, before he permanently shifted his base to south of Kashmir.  The report also quoted officials as calling Dujana as a “brainy militant”, who could break security cordons.

In May this year, Dujana and his two associates broke the security forces cordon and escaped to safety in Hakripora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. This was the second time in one week that the Lashkar terrorist gave the slip to security forces.

The security forces had cordoned off an area in Pulwama where 3 Lashkar terrorists including Dujana were hiding. However, Dujana managed to give a slip to the security forces after a stone-pelting mob gave him cover to escape. Similarly in March last year, Abu Dujana and four other terrorists managed to flee from the cordon as local residents allegedly diverted the attention of security forces by pelting stones at them.

Dujana is the mastermind behind the Pampore terror attack that killed at least eight CRPF men last year. Operating mostly in Pulwama district, Dujana had made several public appearances last year during protest rallies in south Kashmir. Dujana also kept a low profile and was last seen   at the funeral of Hizbul Mujaheedin commander Burhan Wani in July 2016.

As per one report, the LeT had downgraded Dujana’s position in the group five months back. As a result, the report noted that  he left the group to join hands with the Al-Qaeda. Dujana and his men were in contact with Zakir Musa, the former Hizbul Mujaheedin commander who pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda. “Since Dujana heads Lashkar-e-Taiba operations in south Kashmir, this is only one of several indications that the various groups are working in tandem”.

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