Top Cop Says Not Happy in Killing Dujana

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Srinagar—Reacting to the killing of top LeT Commander Abu Dujana in Pulwama on Tuesday, the Director General of Police, Dr. Shesh Paul Vaid, Tuesday said that ‘he was not happy’ with the killing and that the government forces are compelled to neutralise militants in combat actions.

“Life is a precious gift of God and one doesn’t want to kill anyone unless compelled to do so,” Vaid said while talking to Kashmir Observer.

Abu Dujana was killed in an encounter on Tuesday morning when army backed by paramilitary forces and J&K Police surrounded a house in Hakripora village of Pulwama along with one of his aides identified as Arif Nabi Dar. Arif was also killed in the ensuing gunfight.

Asking the youngsters to shun the path of violence, the police chief said it was only a matter of time that bloodshed in Kashmir will stop once for all. “If the gun culture in Kashmir has brought anything, it’s nothing but death and destruction,” Vaid said.

On civilian deaths during encounters, Vaid said police has issued advisories from time and time against venturing close to the encounter sites. “Nobody wants a civilian killed,” he said. “Bullets don’t carry anybody’s name,  it’s the unlucky one who is caught up in a crossfire. We reiterate that civilians should necessarily stay out of encounter sites.”

On Tuesday also, the residents of Hakripora rushed towards the encounter site where Abu Dujana and his aide were trapped. A civilian was killed and scores others injured after they clashed with the armed forces in a bid to disrupt the operation to help the trapped militants flee.

The deceased has been identified as Firdous Ahmad Bhat s/o Mohammad Subhan, a resident of Begumbagh, Kakapora.

Police version attributed his death to his getting caught up in the crossfire between the militants and government forces. He was shifted to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The number of civilian deaths, however, has increased ever since Army chief, Bipin Rawat early this year warned people of interfering with combat operations. Rawat had described those attacking armed forces with stones as “Over Ground Workers” cautioning “they would be dealt with harshly”.

Following the warning, Mehbooba Mufti led government had issued an advisory asking people to stay away from encounter sites.

Dozens of civilians, mostly protesters, have been killed in forces’ fire since Rawat’s diktat on February 15.

Disregarding the advisory, people still have helped holed up militants escape forces’ cordon by attacking them with stones resulting in many civilian causalities.

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