Srinagar, Nov 4: With each militant group in Jammu and Kashmir claiming supremacy over one another, the security agencies have plenty to smile about. There is a major rift in the militant ranks today and the ongoing battle for supremacy between the Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and the Hizbul Mujahideen is doing more good than harm.
Abu Qasim, the operations chief of the Lashkar in Jammu and Kashmir was recently killed by Indian security forces. He had been as wily as a fox in the past five years as a result of which he managed to dodge the police and also the Indian army.
This mastermind of the Udhampur attack however walked right into a trap which resulted in his death.
How Qasim walked into a trap
The death of Abu Qasim who has masterminded more than one attack against the Indian army came as a major relief. He was gunned down a week ago by the Indian armed forces following an intense gun battle. [Why the death of Udhampur attack mastermind Abu Qasim is a major achievement?]
After the Udhampur attack, the hunt for Qasim had been stepped up. In fact, it was Mohammad Naved, the Pakistani terrorist caught alive in connection with the Udhampur attack, who provided vital information regarding Qasim's whereabouts or hideouts.
Following a lead on one such operation, the Jammu and Kashmir police almost got to Qasim. However, this time Qasim had proper leads from his local sources and in the encounter that took place, he gunned down a heroic officer Altaf Dar.
This however did not stop the army from pursuing its hunt for Qasim. The army began putting out information about a possible operation against Qasim which led him to moving out of his stronghold. He walked into a base at Khulgam which is a stronghold of the Hizbul Mujahideen.
The Hizbul which wants the Lashkar weakened in Jammu and Kashmir leaked information about Qasim's specific location. Qasim during the encounter with the army found that he was lacking the crucial local support that he always relied upon.
This led to the army getting the better of him and in the encounter Qasim was killed.