Notwithstanding the successes in eliminating dreaded terrorists like Abu Dujana and Abu Ismail, security agencies are not letting their guards down in Jammu and Kashmir as militant activities are on a steep rise in the northern state.
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Dujana, alias Hafiz, was the LeT's so-called "divisional commander", and reportedly hailed from northern Pakistan. His movements were being monitored and the security forces with the help of intelligence inputs got wind of his location when he landed at a house where his wife was believed to be staying. The killing of Dujana is one of the biggest high points for the Indian Armed forces in the Valley as he was a major headache for the Indian security establishment.
Dujana rose within the ranks of the LeT soon after Qasim was killed on October 29 2015, in Kandipora village of Kulgam district. "During the search operation, militants present in the area fired upon the joint search party". "It is a huge acchievement for police and security forces", he said.
As the gunbattle raged, residents defied the security lockdown and clashed with government forces near the site of the fighting in an attempt to help the trapped militants escape.
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But unlike his Kashmiri colleagues in positions of authority in militant ranks who are active on social media and want to be known by the people, Dujana was reclusive and publicity-shy - a trait he had in common with non-local militants. Apprehending more trouble and the deterioration in the security situation after the killing of Dujana, police has sounded an alert all across Kashmir and ordered patrolling be intensified, particularly in Pulwama, where the encounter took place.
Dujana is notorious for the numerous escapes he has made.
Thus, after receiving the tip-off of his arrival at the village, the J&K police pressed its personnel in casual clothes at every corner of the house and watched silently under cover for two hours till reinforcements arrived.