Chief Commander of LeT, associate killed in Hakripora encounter: Police

Chief operating commander of LeT Abu Dujana and his associate were killed in an encounter with police and security forces in Hakripora village of Pulwama this morning, police said.

“Acting on a specific information about the presence of militants in Hakripora area of Pulwama District, Pulwama police along with 55 RR, 182 Bn and 183 Bn CRPF launched  a cordon and search operation in the area. During the search operation, militants present in the area fired upon the joint search party. The fire was retaliated, ensuing an encounter. Two LeT terrorists were killed in this encounter who were later identified as Abu Dujana and Arif Nabi Dar @Rehan son of Ghulam Nabi Dar resident of Lelhar, Kakapora.” Police statement issued here said.

According to police, one person identified as Firduos Ahmad Bhat son of Mohammad Subhan resident of Begumbagh, Kakapora was also injured near the encounter site during the cross firing. He was shifted to hospital for treatment where he succumbed to his injuries.    

“Both the militants were involved in a number of anti-national and subversive activities. They were involved in grenade attacks on security forces at Kakapora and Police Post Kakapora. They were also involved in killing of Sarpanch Fayaz Ahmad Bhat son of Abdul Ghafar Bhat resident of Kandzal Kakapora”, police said adding that Dujana was one of the closest associate of Abdul Rehman @ Abu Qasim and were involved in Udhampur attack.

“Abu Dujana was instrumental in recruiting the local youth in LeT outfit. He was involved in recruiting Reyaz Ahmad Dar @ Khalid S/O Ab Aziz Dar R/O Satther Kakapora Pulwama, Arif Nabi Dar @ Rehan R/O Lelhar Kakapora and Ayoub Lone @ Hebtulla R/O Lelhar Kakapora. He was involved in killing of 02 CRPF personnel at Sangam Bijbehara and attack on police party at Gallander Pampore in which 02 constables of JKAP 11th Bn were martyred. He was also involved in hurling hand grenade upon security forces at Pahoo Awantipora. He was involved in firing on CRPF at Green Tunnel Bijbehara in which several CRPF personnel were injured. Abu Dujana was also a womanizer.” Police said.

He and his associates were involved in firing on security forces in Pulwama.

“According to police, Arif Nabi Dar @Rehan was involved in four bank robberies at J&K bank branch Arihal, Ratnipora, Nehama and Ellaquai Dehati Bank Wahibugh branch.

Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the encounter site.”

Police also said that at least 10 persons were injured during the clashes while dealing with  the situation and they are all stable till now and are undergoing treatment at various hospitals.


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