Kashmir. Ghulam Hassan Dar, father of 20-year-old fidayeen bomber Aadil Ahmad Dar, on Friday expressed sympathies to the families of CRPF personnel who were killed in the blast, but said that the unresolved issue of Kashmir is the main reason for so much of bloodbath on all sides.
Resident of a tiny hamlet of Gundibagh in volatile Pulwama district of southern Kashmir, Dar, a farmer and a small-time cloth merchant, sat in a room of a two-storey house along with some close relatives on Friday as as scores of mourners thronged his house where a tent was erected in the compound to accommodate the people.
Dar grew paddy in a small patch of land and lived with his wife and three sons, including Aadil, who rammed an explosive-laden Scorpio into a CRPF convoy on Thursday killing 40 personnel, the biggest attack in the past 30 years of militancy in the state.
“These politicians are responsible for everything. They don’t do anything because no harm comes to their families. In the end, we lost lives on both sides,” Dar told ET, saying that the day his son took up arms, death was an inevitability in a place like Kashmir.
Dar said Aadil was a shy, hardworking boy who helped in family chores and remembered eight chapters of the holy Quran. He was also a huge fan of MS Dhoni and the Indian cricket team. Aadil had received a bullet injury on his left leg in 2016 when he was carrying another injured person and was bed ridden for almost a year.
“These CRPF men also have families who would now receive body bags, but do these politicians care? They will give compensation to these families, but will not address the real problem,” Dar explained.
Aadil went missing on March 19 last year along with his friend and second cousin Sameer, who was pursuing MSc from Kashmir University. On March 23, the family registered a missing FIR, and a month later, his photo appeared on social media announcing his joining the terrorist group, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).
Sameer also joined JeM and is still active. Aadil’s paternal cousin Manzoor Ahmad Dar, 21, was killed in 2016; he was associated with Lashkar-e-Toiba. Another cousin, Touseef, who briefly went missing same time last year, returned within two weeks.
But contrary to assurances of the local police, Touseef was detained by the Army and Special Operation Group of J&K Police within a few months and is now lodged in Kot Balwal jail of Jammu.
“I am not happy with all these killings. The whole of India is agitated with this incident. But what about the hundreds of youngsters who get martyred here every year? In the end, human beings are getting killed and nobody cares,” said Dar.