Recently a section of the Indian media was busy painting a Lashkar terrorist as the 1st Hindu to have joined its ranks. Quoted as Sandeep Sharma, the reports tried to insinuate that the so called ‘saffron terror’ was spreading its tentacles by colluding with hardcore terror organisations.
This whole insinuation was busted by us when we reported how the man named Sandeep Sharma had converted to Islam before joining the terror organisation. Now more information has started to emerge about the man whose actual name now is Adil.
The latest reports reiterate that Sandeep had converted to Islam before joining Lashkar-e-taiba. After adopting the name Adil, he also inculcated Islamic practices in his daily lifestyle. The conversion which was prompted by his desire to marry a Kashmiri girl, resulted in him working as a driver cum ‘soldier’ for Lashkar terrorists. Adil had come in contact with Lashkar operatives, while he was working as a driver between Anantanag and Pulgaum.
The report also claimed that he had no such criminal record before his conversion, but it’s very much possible that he was already indulging in petty criminal activities by that time.
Other shocking details too have also emerged. It is reported that Adil had crossed over into Pakistan in order to get arms training from Lashkar’s terror camps. Also, the girl he married appears to be the daughter of a retired officer.
According to ADG Anand Kumar, Adil also had a few associates who are now being tracked down.
While Adil was still Sandeep, he and 3 other had initially been hired from Muzaffarnagar by an electric contractor named Vakeel Ahmed, who got them to set up power grids. According to Sandeep’s brother, he was influenced in taking up this job by his cousin named Ashwini aka Sonu.
After initially working in Delhi, they relocated to Kashmir. After the work got over, 2 of the guys named Asif and Yogesh returned to Uttar Pradesh but Sandeep stayed on as he had fallen in love with a local girl.
After he proposed marriage, the family of the girl insisted that he converts to Islam. According to the ADG, Sandeep slowly started requiring more money. This which might have lured him into plunging into terrorism.
After he joined Lashkar, he started recruitment attempts other youths for the terror organisation. He had even called up his relative to ask him to send a few youths to Kashmir but didn’t specify the work they needed to do.
Even though he had converted, he kept using his old identity of Sandeep Sharma to escape coming under Police radar. Whenever some security agencies used to suspect him, he used to show them the old ID as a ‘Hindu’ belonging to Uttar Pradesh.
Soon after his association with Lashkar, he seems to have become a very active member of the group. According to the media reports, he had carried out 3 major attacks just in June.
On 3rd June, he had attacked the army in Kajikund, on 13th he had stolen arms from the Justice House in Anantnag, and on 16th June he drove and fired from the vehicle which had attacked the police forces.
The family of Sandeep/Adil seems to have disowned him long back. Earlier when he was arrested in connection with a theft case and when the police contacted his family in connection with his bail, they had flatly denied any help by stating that they had severed all ties with him.