Abu Dujana, a Lashkar terrorist who was among the most-wanted in Jammu and Kashmir, is believed to have been killed today in an encounter at Hakripura near Pulwama.
Dujana was hiding in a house with Arif Lilhaari and two more terrorists when security forces surrounded the area. The forces had acted on intelligence inputs about the presence of terrorists in the village. When they arrived, the terrorists opened fire, prompting the forces to retaliate.
Pakistan-born Dujana, say sources, had gone to meet his wife and had followed a pattern tracked by police during his past visits. After the tip-off, the police positioned watchers around the house and they waited silently for nearly two hours.
When the forces arrived, the terrorists opened fire, prompting retaliatory shots. Sources said the personnel had to blow up the house, "there was no option".
During the encounter, over 100 protesters threw stones at security personnel, said an officer. A civilian was killed in the clashes.
Dujana was Lashkar's commander for the Kashmir Valley but a few months ago, he was disarmed by his group after a rift within the ranks of the terror organization.
Designated a category "A++" terrorist, Dujana was wanted in over three dozen attacks on security forces and civilians and carried a reward of Rs. 15 lakh. His name was on the list of wanted terrorists of the LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen compiled by security forces.
Sources say Dujana had many close calls earlier. He managed to escape in May allegedly because of a mob that threw stones at security forces during an encounter.
Internet services have been snapped in south Kashmir as a precaution after the terrorists' killing. The speed of Internet services in other parts of the Valley has been significantly reduced.