SRINAGAR – The suicide bomber who targeted a security convoy and left 44 Indian soldiers dead, had joined a ‘militant’ group after having been beaten by troops three years ago.
According to the parents of Adil Ahmad Dar, the student was stopped and harassed by police in 2016 on the way from school. Moreover, he was also accused of stone-pelting by the law enforcers, angering and prompting him to avenge the humiliation.
Dar’s mother and father – who claim they were unaware of their son’s plan – say they are in pain in much the same manner as the families of the soldiers.
The 20-year-old from the village of Lethipora in Indian occupied Kashmir rammed a car full of explosives into the convoy in Pulwama on Thursday.
Dar’s mother Fahmeeda expressed that he did not return home from his work as a labourer on March 19 last year.
‘We searched for him for three months but finally gave up efforts to bring him back home,’ she said.
Dar’s father, Ghulam Hassan pinned blame on politicians for his son’s death saying, they should have resolved the Kashmir issue through dialogue as sons of the common man die, whether Indian troops or others.
The suicide attack heightened tension between Pakistan and India as New Delhi alleged Pakistan of playing a role in the attack – without furnishing any credible evidence in this regard as usual.
The attack is the worst in decades of insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim majority state. Analysts claim that the attack might have been a false flag owing to the upcoming elections in India as anti-Pakistan sentiments are whipped up to garner support.