The contradicting claims of the father of Adil Ahmad Dar, the terrorist who carried out the barbaric Pulwama attack on Thursday, has caught attention.
Adil's father Gulam Dar earlier claimed he had no idea about his son's terrorist link but later said he was radicalized after security forces 'abused him'.
The 20-year-old rammed an SUV into a CRPF convoy and India lost 40 brave hearts.
Adil joined Jaish last year. Taking responsibility for the attack, the terrorist outfit released a pre-recorded video of Adil in which he said, "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."
Police claimed Adil was radicalized while he was a student.
Giving his first statement after the attack, Adil's father Gulam said he had gone to Jammu but never returned.
When India Today asked him if he knew about his son's terrorist links, Gulam answered in the negative.
"I had no idea about his terror activities," he said adding J&K police informed him about his son's suicide mission.
But later, Gulam sang a different tone.
To Reuters, Gulam said Adil was radicalized in 2016 after he was stopped by security forces.
"They (Adil and his friends) were stopped by the troops and beaten up and harassed," Gulam said.
The students were accused of stone-pelting, Gulam revealed. "Since then, he wanted to join the militants," he added.
Adil's mother Fahmeeda concurred, saying he hated Indian troops after the incident.
"They should have resolved the issue through dialogue. It is they who are responsible for driving these youth into militancy. The sons of the common man die here, whether they are Indian troops or our sons," Gulam added, blaming the politicians.
Notably, Adil had a history of locking horns with troops. According to ThePrint, he was on J&K's radar for quite some time now.
He was involved in stone-pelting incidents as well.
"He left his studies to be their ground soldier. He has been on our radar since he started working for the outfit and was involved in a series of incidents," the report added.
Meanwhile, mortal remains of most of the martyrs have reached their respective states. The deceased were brought to New Delhi's Palam Airport late on Friday evening.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Congress President Rahul Gandhi paid tributes to the fallen.
Chief of Army, Air Force, and Navy were also present at the ceremony.
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