The Lashkar-e-Taiba commander carried the highest A++ label and was among the list of Valley’s 12 most active militants Army soldiers prepare to engage militants in Kashmir.
Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Abu Dujana, killed by security forces on Tuesday, was among the most wanted active militants in the Kashmir valley, carrying a rare Rs 15 lakh bounty on his head with an ‘A++’ label.
The security establishment classifies militants as ‘A’ or ‘A++’, ranking them in an order of notoriety with ‘A++’ denoting the highest. The Indian army had on May 30 named 12 of the most active militants in the region, listing out their areas of operation with their names and photographs. The list includes members of LeT, Hizbul Mujahideen and the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).
The A++ label was also given to Burhan Wani, the Hizbul commander whose death in July last year triggered one of the worst phases of violence for the Valley. The category normally carries a bounty of Rs 10-12 lakh.
Dujana is the second A++ category militant to have been killed since the list was released, the first being Bashir Lashkari, who was involved in the killing of six policemen in Anantnag.
Lashkari, born Bashir Ahmad Wani, was the district commander of the LeT in Anantnag. A resident of Sopshail Kokernag, he joined the militancy in October 2015.
The list of 12 includes Altaf Dar, Zakir Musa, Abu Hamas, Reyaz Naikoo, Showkat Tak and Wasim Ahmed. In addition to Dujana and Lashkari, Junaid Mattoo was killed by security forces in June. He, however, had the A category.
Naikoo and Musa are the more active ones among these.
On Sunday, Naikoo – a top commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen in south Kashmir – appeared at the funeral of militant Shariq Ahmed in Gulzarpora village of Awantipora. “Linking our struggle with Al Qaeda and ISIS is a ploy to defame it,” he reportedly said at the funeral.
Naikoo asked people not to support those “who oppose the Pakistani flag” and described their struggle as one of “freedom from India”.