Pulwama Attack: Adil Ahmad Dar, the Teen Bomber Who Drove an Explosive-Laden SUV Into a CRPF Convoy

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Pulwama Attack: Adil Ahmad Dar, the Teen Bomber Who Drove an Explosive-Laden SUV Into a CRPF Convoy

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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he last time Adil Ahmad Dar’s family saw him was almost a year ago. On March 19 2018, he was working odd jobs at a construction site, according to a report in Scroll, when he came home for lunch, and then left on his cycle, never to return home. A few days later, his family would see a photo of Dar wielding a gun on social media, and their fears were confirmed – their 19-year-old son had joined the militancy in Kashmir, becoming a member of the Pakistan-based, Masood Azhar-led terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed. Yesterday, Dar’s family saw him again. Not in the flesh, but on the national news, after he drove an SUV filled with 350 kg of explosives into a convoy, killing over 40 CRPF jawans who were returning from leave.

Stories like Dar’s are plentiful in the state, where simmering tensions between locals and security forces boil over into violent – and like yesterday, often lethal – confrontations between the two with disheartening regularity. In fact, Dar is not even the only member of his family to have ties with the militancy. Two of his cousins, Manzoor Rashid Dar and Tauseef Ahmad Dar, also picked up arms for the insurgents’ cause. While Manzoor was killed in an encounter with security forces in 2016, Tauseef left his family at the same time as Adil in March last year. Tauseef returned to his family in two weeks, having given up the cause that would cost Adil his life. Despite his surrender, Tauseef was detained under the Public Safety Act by state police, and is currently in prison in Jammu.

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