SRINAGAR: A suicide bomber who killed 44 paramilitary personnel in India-held Kashmir joined a militant group after having been overwhelmed by troops three years in the past, his dad and mom stated on Friday.
Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed duty for Thursday’s automobile bomb assault on a safety convoy, the worst assault within the disputed Himalayan area. It comes months earlier than a key Indian basic election.
Adil Ahmad Dar, 20, from the village of Lethipora in occupied Kashmir, rammed a automobile stuffed with explosives into the convoy.
“We’re in ache in the identical approach the households of the troopers are,” stated farmer Ghulam Hassan Dar, including that his son had been radicalised after police stopped him and his associates on the way in which dwelling from faculty in 2016.
“They had been stopped by the troops and overwhelmed up and harassed,” he stated, including that the scholars had been accused of stone-pelting.
“Since then, he wished to affix the fighters.”
A video launched by JeM after the assault confirmed his son, wearing navy fatigues and carrying an computerized rifle, detailing his plan to hold out the bombing.
His mom, Fahmeeda, corroborated her husband’s account.
“He was overwhelmed by Indian troops a couple of years again when he was coming back from faculty,” she stated. “This led to anger in him in opposition to Indian troops.”
Each dad and mom stated they had been unaware of their son’s plan to assault the convoy.
Adil Dar didn’t return dwelling from his work as a labourer on March 19 final yr, Fahmeeda added. “We looked for him for 3 months,” she stated.
“Lastly we gave up efforts to convey him again dwelling.”
The 2 accounts couldn’t be independently verified.
A spokesman for India’s dwelling ministry didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Ghulam Hassan Dar stated he blamed politicians for his son’s loss of life.
“They need to have resolved the problem by means of dialogue,” he stated, referring to the battle over India-held Kashmir.
“It’s they who’re answerable for driving these youth into militancy. The sons of the widespread man die right here, whether or not they’re Indian troops or our sons.”
Revealed in Daybreak, February 16th, 2019