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Police statement on Hakripora encounter

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Police on Tuesday said that chief operating commander of LeT Abu Dujana and his associate were killed in an encounter with forces in Hakripora village of Pulwama this morning.

A police statement said that acting on 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 a gunfight. Two LeT militants were killed in the encounter, who were later identified as Abu Dujana and Arif Nabi Dar @ Rehan son of Ghulam Nabi Dar resident of Lelhar, Kakapora.”

The spokesperson said that one person identified as Firdaus 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.

“They were involved in the killing of Sarpanch Fayaz Ahmad Bhat son of Abdul Ghaffar Bhat resident of Kandzal Kakapora. They were involved in grenade attacks on security forces at Kakapora and Police Post Kakapora. Both the militants were also involved in a number of other anti-national and subversive activities.”

The statement said that Dujana was one of the closest associates 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 son of Ab Aziz Dar resident of Satther Kakapora Pulwama, Arif Nabi Dar @ Rehan resident of Lelhar Kakapora and Ayoub Lone @ Hebtulla resident of Lelhar Kakapora. He was involved in the killing of 2 CRPF personnel at Sangam Bijbehara and attack on a police party at Gallander Pampore in which 02 constables of JKAP 11th BN were killed. 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.” He and his associates were involved in firing on security forces in Pulwama.

“Arif Nabi Dar @ Rehan was involved in four bank robberies at J&K bank branch Arihal, Ratnipora, Nehama and Ellaquai Dehati Bank Wahibugh branch,” the police statement said. Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the encounter site.

At some places, miscreants tried to create disturbances by pelting stones in Pulwama and adjoining areas. While dealing with the situation 10 persons have got injured who are now stable and undergoing treatment at various hospitals.

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