Ismail vs Abu Dujana: LeT one-upmanship led to Amarnath yatra attack?
Amarnath yatra attack: In the first week of June, an intelligence input claimed that Ismail was moving in a group of four persons in the Pir Panjal range.Updated: Jul 12, 2017, 21:57 IST
In the first week of June, an intelligence input claimed that Ismail was moving in a group of four persons in the Pir Panjal range.
“The intelligence input claimed that Ismail and his group was doing a recee of targets in the area and moving through villages en route to the Amarnath cave,” said a security official who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to media.
The official added that there was a possibility that at least two persons in his group were local residents.
On Tuesday, I-G of J-K police Muneer Khan was quoted by ANI as saying that Abu Ismail was one of the masterminds of the attack, which he attributed to the Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Sources in the security and intelligence communities have hinted at some kind of ‘one-upmanship’ between Ismail and Abu Dujana, who is considered the divisional commander of LeT for South Kashmir. Dujana is also known by the name of Hafiz and is considered to be from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).
“We haven’t heard much about Abu Dujana in the last few weeks. It could be a possibility that Ismail is taking over Dujana’s place who might have been withdrawn by his handlers — known as Sajid and Waleed — based in the PoK. But it seemed that Ismail and Dujana were competing with each other,” said another security official.
Sources in the J-K police suspect that when the bus that was carrying the pilgrims got a flat tyre at Sangam, someone informed the militants .
The state police, in its report to the Centre said the bus came under fire twice from within a distance of 75 meters from its right side. They also suspect that two groups were active in there as three attacks took place in the area within a span of 10 minutes.
Seven pilgrims returning from the remote Himalayan shrine of Amarnath were shot dead and several wounded when militants fired on their bus as well as a security vehicle in Anantnag district of Kashmir on Monday. There is mounting evidence of security lapses in the hours before the attack that triggered widespread condemnation across the country.