Soon after Adil Ahmad Dar was identified as the suicide bomber in Pulwama’s attack; speculations about the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist have been rife. The 22-year-old responsible for the death of over 44 Central Reserve Police Force personnel in J & K was, in fact, a terror newbie.
Here’s what we know so far about his origins and allegiances-
Barely 22, Adil Ahmad was a resident of Gundibagh village in South Kashmir. The village is considered a breeding ground of terrorists in Pulwama.
2. He dropped out of college in March 2017 and worked in a sawmill until March of last year.
3. Adil left home on 19th March 2018 never to return.
His folks filed a missing person report with the local police station. However, their search was over just days later when his photograph surfaced on social media holding an AK-47 with the code name ‘Waqas Commando’.
4. Code names and Monickers
Adil Ahmad Dar is known as ‘Adil Ahmad Gaadi Takranewala,’ and ‘Waqas Commando of Gundibagh’ after he joined Masood Azhar led Jaish-e-Mohammed last year.
5. He spoke of his intentions addressing the people of Kashmir in a video message
Business Today reports, Jaish-e-Mohammed released a pre-recorded video of him minutes after the bombing. In the video, Adil addresses the Kashmiri people-
“The war that they can’t win with force, they are trying to win by compromising your belief. They want to mislead you from the etiquettes of Islam. They want to mislead you from the path of Islam by luring you with worldly pleasures.
“My name is Adil, I joined the Jaish-e-Mohammad a year ago. After a year’s wait, I have got the chance to do what I joined the Jaish for… By the time this video reaches you, I will be in heaven… this is my last message for the people of Kashmir.”
6. He was a Category ‘C’ Militant
Local police records show that he was listed as a category C militant. According to HT, officials said Adil was seen with members of terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba. Choosing to be anonymous, a police officer posted in south Kashmir revealed-
“He was not any top gun; he was just like any other militant of Pulwama, and went missing in 2018.”
7. The bombing site is merely 10 kilometres from his village. The Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist drove a Mahindra Scorpio loaded with 350 kg explosives into the convoy carrying CRPF personnel.
8. Soon after the suicide attack, locals gathered in Gundibagh to organise a funeral for Dar. Government officials were prevented from accessing the spot.
9. This wasn’t his first rebellion
Dar’s family shared that he participated in protests when terrorist Burhan Wani was killed in 2016. They revealed that Adil had been shot in the leg at the time.
“After leaving home, he met us only once. His cousin was a militant, who was killed just 11 days after joining them,” Adil’s father told the Indian Express.
Uniting as a nation is now more important than ever so we can safeguard India’s youth lest they are brainwashed by terror cells into a similar life of treason and death.