Baramulla: Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana, killed Tuesday morning by government forces in Pulwama area of South Kashmir, was buried during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday in a waiting grave in Gantamulla area of Baramulla by Jehlum river banks along the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad highway.
Local sources said the police shifted Dujana’s remains to the Baramulla police lines Tuesday evening. The body was moved at around 11:30 pm Tuesday night to the graveyard, where the burial took place post-midnight in an attempt to minimise crowds. Locals said more people including policemen were present at the graveyard. The funeral prayers of the Lashkar commander were lead by a religious scholar of the area. Four other Muftis (religious clerics) also participated in the funeral prayers.
The grave Dujana was buried in was one of two graves the police had commissioned local workers to dig about two weeks ago after two militants were killed in a gunfight with forces in south Kashmir. Both were later identified as local militants, and their bodies were handed over to their relatives. The graves had been lying open ever since. Last night, Dujana was laid to rest in one; the other is still open.
As news of the burial of the LeT commander spread in the area, dozens of people arrived at the graveyard, where they offered special prayers for all the slain militants, including Dujana. Some youths used cell phone cameras to take pictures of his grave.
Over 40 non-local militants have been buried in this graveyard, which is situated close to an army camp and a police station.