The Indian Army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police held a joint press conference on Tuesday to deliver a briefing on the encounter that took place in Pulwama earlier that morning, which saw LeT commander Abu Dujana and his aide being neutralised.
Narrating the events of the morning, the co-Commander of the 15th Corps of the Army said that the joint forces had established a cordon as early as 4 am and learnt that the terrorists weren't allowing the occupants of their hideout to come out. At about 8 am, the occupants of the house came out and the operation began.
Abu Dujana, a category A++ terrorist from Pakistan, and Arif Nabi Dar, who was wanted for involvement in a number of bank robberies and weapons snatching incidents, were killed, following which the Army pulled back to its bases.
The IGP, in his address, added that both terrorists that had been killed were notorious and important as they had established their strongholds in certain areas. However, before the operation began, the forces had tried to make the terrorists surrender by making announcements and attempting to communicate with them via the owner of the house in which they were hiding out. But Dujana's presence made a surrender untenable.
Lamenting that a civilian also got caught in the crossfire in the operation which took place amid stone pelting, the IGP called it regrettable because it could've been avoided. He appealed to the people to stay inside and let security forces get on with their duty, because "operations will be carried out, pelting or no pelting — disruptions or no disruptions."