Centre sees killing as major success in its counter-insurgency operations
New Delhi: LeT terrorist Abu Dujana, killed by security forces in J&K’s Pulwama on Tuesday, was on t he rada r of I ndia n sleuths for over a year now. He had managed to escape at least five times in the last few months and was reportedly out of favour with LeT bosses, according to intelligence agencies.
The Centre sees Dujana’s killing as a major success in its counter-insurgency operations after the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims. The state government has been largely kept out of strategising security matters and the Centre has been focusing on ensuring coordination between its agencies, according to top officials in New Delhi.
Officials said the Centre’s focus will now be to prepare for retaliatory attacks on the Army especially and ensure that the last week of Amarnath Yatra goes off peacefully. The pilgrimage is supposed to end on August 7. “It was conveyed sternly to the state government that there would be no compromise on law and order. Local sentiment would matter only in ensuring there is no alienation of Kashmiris. But when it came to elimination of terrorists, it was conveyed to security agencies that they must work together and be ruthless,” an official said. Abu Dujana was an A++ terrorist, highest ranking in order of notoriety. The Army had two months ago named 12 most ac- tive terrorist in the region, which included members of Lashkar-eTaiba, Hizbul Mujahideen and the Jaish-e-Mohammad. Dujana, who has been operating in the Valley for eight years now, was one of the two terrorists extensively discussed as biggest threats at a high-powered security meeting last July, along with Burhan Wani, the Hizbul commander who was killed last year. Home ministry officials said Dujana was present at Wani’s funeral too. Officials said that Dujana’s body would be sent to Uri to avoid possible protest if the funeral were to be held in his village.