Cen­tre sees killing as ma­jor suc­cess in its counter-in­sur­gency op­er­a­tions

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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