In a recently-released video that’s believed to be authentic, global terror outfit’s Kashmir chief Zakir Musa has alleged that slain militant Abu Dujana was the ‘first martyr’ in the war for an ‘Islamic Kashmir’.
Musa who recently quit the Hizbul Mujhaideen after a war of words with the leadership in May, when he said that he was fighting for ‘Sharia Law’ and not Kashmiri nationalism’.
A report in Hindustan Times stated that both Dujana and Arif Lelhari, who was killed by security forces on August 1 had left LeT to join al-Qaeda, the dreaded terrorist organisation which was once headed by Osama bin Laden.
State DGP SP Vaid said there was no way of authenticating the video but reports stated that Dujana and Muda were close.
Vaid was quoted saying: “They had made similar claims about al-Qaeda presence in valley in 2003 as well. We need to see what kind of backing they have, but for us a terrorist is a terrorist, no matter which organisation he belongs to.”
In the video, Musa says that Dujana and Arif Lehari Dar played a major role in formation of Ansar Ghawzat-ul-Hind (Islamic name of al-Qaeda).
Before their death Dujana and Dar recorded a video stating that they were associated with al Qaeda and asked people not unfurl the Pakistan flag and observe hartal after their death.
In the video, Arif says: “”No Pakistan flag should be unfurled at my jinaza (funeral prayers). Only the flag of Tawheed (monotheism — Oneness of Allah in Islam) should be unfurled at my jinaza. I should be buried beside Abbas bhai. Dujana bhai should not be left alone and given away (to forces). I ask my parents to pray for me and remain steadfast,” said Arif.
Dujana, on this occasion, said he was not afraid of death and was in fact praying for ‘martyrdom’.
“I am not tense. I am happy that Allah has accepted my wish of martyrdom. I want to tell people that we came here (to the hideout) at 10.30 am on our own. We were not invited by anyone. The household should not be touched or harmed. We request you to help this family. In the end, I want to appeal people not to observe hartal. I do not want people should suffer because of me,” he said.
Dujana apparently rejected an offer to surrender made by the security forces minutes before the encounter that led to his killing along with an aide in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
According to a recording of a purported telephonic conversation between Abu Dujana and an unnamed officer of security forces, the LeT militant commander said, “Why should I surrender? I have left (home) for martyrdom. I have to die either today or tomorrow.”
The officer made attempts to get the militant to give up by reminding him of his parents and wife.
“I have not married. This is propaganda. My parents were dead for me the day I left them,” he said in the audio recording.
When the officer tells him that he must be aware that the conflict in Kashmir “is a game”, Abu Dujana replied “I know the system. I know everything. What can I do, if anyone wants to play a game. I have to tread my own path”.
The wanted militant could afford a laugh or two when the officer told him how he has travelled distances to get him.
He asked the officer about his well-being, saying it has been years since he heard from him.
“When we played ‘chor-sipahi’. Sometimes we are ahead, sometimes you. Today you caught me, congratulations,” he said.
The officer responded by saying he was only doing his duty.
“I will fulfil my duty,” the militant replied.
The officer tells Abu Dujana that no one wants to kill anyone.
“That’s okay, but whoever gave you the information wants me dead,” the militant said.
“Listen to me, I cannot surrender. I know you have no animosity with me and that you are fulfilling your duty and I am mine. You do your duty and whatever is written in my fate, Allah will do that,” he added.
When told by the officer that what he was indulging in was not ‘jihad’, the militant said “Chalo yaar, kya karenge.
(friend, what can we do)”.
The officer asked the LeT Commander to come out of the house to surrender and make people understand. “That is how this bloodshed will end,” the officer said.
“I have never indulged in bloodshed. They know it,” Abu Dujana replied.
When the officer told him that Kashmiris will listen to him, the militant disconnected the call.
Dujana, believed to be in his late 20s, was killed on Tuesday in a well-planned operation by a joint team of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Army and CRPF in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.