Abu Dujana was killed in an encounter with security forces on Tuesday morning. Photograph: (Twitter)
Kamal Nauriyal, the commanding officer of 55 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), said Dujana was asked to surrender but he refused to do so
Kamal Nauriyal of the Indian Army, who led the encounter in which Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana was killed, on Thursday spoke to ANI about the encounter and how the events unfolded.
Nauriyal, who is the commanding officer of 55 Rashtriya Rifles (RR), said that when Dujana was asked to surrender, he refused to do so.
"On July 31 night we got the input that Dujana is taking shelter in a house in Pulawama's Hakripura village. Therefore, it was easy for our team to plan this operation and we tracked his movement and got success,” Nauriyal told ANI.
“The owner of the house requested the company commander on duty to rescue them as Dujana was not letting them out of the house. The company commander then talked to Dujana through the house owner and asked him to surrender himself to which Dujana refused," he added.
He also said that the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who helped them in the operation, did a commendable job.
"The CRPF did a commendable job in controlling law and order. The conversation between the house owner and the company commander indicates that public has trust in the Armed forces," Nauriyal further said.
Top LeT commander Abu Dujana and his local accomplice Arif Lilhaari were killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama on Tuesday.
Dujana, reportedly from northern Pakistan, was wanted for a number of attacks on security forces and political workers.
One civilian was killed as clashes erupted near the encounter site Dujana was killed.