Mubarak! You Caught Me Finally: Abu Dujana’s Last Words

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Srinagar: The wanted Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana, who was killed in an encounter with government forces on Tuesday, had refused to surrender by asking an army officer, who made a last phone call to him: “Let people play games, I’m not bothered. I’m here to be martyred for Kashmir. One has to die today or tomorrow.”

According to the 12-minute phone call conversation, which went viral on social media on Wednesday, Dujana also rejected as “propaganda” the reports, especially on Indian news channels, that he had married a woman in the South Kashmir and that he had many girls friends.

“Hello, O Dujana” the army officer says to begin the conversation. “How are you?,” Dujana responds.

“Leave my wellbeing, why don’t you surrender?” the army officer.

“O my friend, I won’t surrender. I’m here to be martyred for Kashmir. One has to die today or tomorrow,” Dujana replies.

“See everything is bad here. This is all a game,” the officer says. “Let them play game who want to play the game. Let me lead my own way,” Dujana responds.

“Listen to me my friend, you have married a girl,” army officer says but is interrupted by Dujana:  “Koi shadi nahi ki hai. Sab jhoot hai. Propaganda hai (I’ve not married anyone. It is all false. It is propaganda”).

The Army officer then counselled him to think about his parents. “Think of them, at least,” the officer said.

The militant commander quips “They died for me the day I left them”. The Army officer tried to reason with Dujana, “But you have not died for them”.

“Be ready for surrender. Make up your mind. I will manage it for you,” the officer says.

Dujana tried to avoid the conversation and said, “Yeh konsa waqt hai haal chaal poochnay ka (Is this opportune time to ask for each other’s welfare”). The officer asks him to “end this game”.

“Tell me something more. It is after a very long-time that you called me,” Dujana tells the officer whose identity remains unknown throughout the conversation.

Dujana then congratulated the officer for tracking him down eventually. “We were playing ‘chor aur police’ (police and thief) game all these years. Kabhi hum aagay aap peechhe, kabhi aap aagay hum peechhe, aaj aapne pakad liya, mubarak ho aapko (sometimes I was ahead, sometimes you were ahead. Today you have caught me, congratulations),” Dujana is heard telling the officer

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“There is nothing of that sort. You were doing your job, I was doing my job. Leave it. Listen and surrender. Nothing (bad) will happen to you, I will take care of it,” the army officer insists. 

He, however, cautioned Dujana that the people he was with would also die if he doesn’t surrender. “No one here wants to kill anyone. Maan ley meri baat”.

“Wallah nahi (I swear by Allah, I won’t). You do your job, let me do my own. Whatever Allah has in store for me, I will get it.”

“Any ways, tell me about yourself. What is situation outside! What are you doing outside, come inside (the house where Dujana is trapped.. Anyways, at least someone who gave you the information wants us to die,” Dujana says.

“I’m not here (outside the house). I’m somewhere in Awantipora,” the army officer then informs him.

The officer then pleades with him that times have changed and something has to be done to avoid further bloodshed in Kashmir. “Unless you come out and explain to people, there will be blood-letting. Who will persuade these people? Unless you speak up as you are the top commander, Kashmiris will keep getting killed…”

“I didn’t start the bloodshed…I know the whole game,” Dujana replies. Unmoved and cold to the officer’s offer, Dujana disconnects the line, saying, “Achha theek hai yaar (ok then friend).”

27 year old Dujana, a resident of Kashmir, under Pakistani control, was killed minutes after the conversation ended and his body recovered from the debris of the house razed to rubble during the gunfight.

He was buried in the dead of night at Sheeri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district in an unmarked grave.

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