A top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana, who is among the most wanted in this disputed Kashmir region, was involved in a shootout with the armed forces early Friday morning, but managed to escape.
“A search operation was launched at Hakripora village in Pulwom following specific intelligence inputs about the presence of militants in the village. The forces were conducting a search operation following the tip-off, when the militants opened fire at them,” a senior Jammu & Kashmir police official said on condition of anonymity.
Dujana, one of the most wanted militants in the valley, had made several appearances in the protest rallies that had been staged in Kashmir, following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen leader, Burhan Wani, last year.
The police officer said that at least 20 rounds were fired during the lengthy cordon and search operations in the village which was later called off.
“He (Dujana) was in the village along with another wanted insurgent Arif Lehlar, but managed to break the cordon,” a source said.
Abu Dujana, who took over after Abu Qasim was killed in a gunfight last year, has since then given slip to Indian armed forces at least five times.
Armed forces say Dujana is involved in several attacks in South Kashmir and has a bounty of Rs 15 lakhs on his head.
Dujana was earlier believed to be killed in the encounter in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, last year.