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Pulwama attack: Lone wolf bluff busted

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Pulwama attack: Lone wolf bluff busted

The release was timed for an optimum viral impact, right when India was sifting through the smoke and bodies of the Pulwama martyrs.

Terror struck Pulwama at 3.10 p.m. on February 14. The video of its executioner, Adil Ahmad Dar, was out in less than 30 minutes. The release was timed for an optimum viral impact, right when India was sifting through the smoke and bodies of the Pulwama martyrs.


But the footage was not filmed in a cave, a jungle or a cramped urban ghetto. India Today TV's innovative forensic analysis suggests that the video by Adil Ahmad Dar was clinically shot inside the four walls of a makeshift terror studio in the middle of the windswept Kashmir. The examination, unprecedented in media, picked up the faintest of sounds from the footage, using a variety of hi-tech tools and sensors.


Audio waveforms, way too delicate for the human ear but processed effectively by sophisticated devices, threw an immediate indication that the bomber was not far from Pulwama when his footage was recorded. The tools provided unique acoustic signatures that helped India Today TV's opensource team to zero in on the location of Dar's terror shoot.

From tapping, doorknocking to the wind rumbling outside the sounds captured by ultramodern gadgets made it reasonably certain that the Pulwama bomber was filmed around open space.

In all, the forensics test detected as many as 21 noise disturbances, each with its set of indicators. The devices, for example, picked up winds gently buffeting the doors. The noise was not steady, which ruled out an electric fan of any kind. Instead, it sounded like an irregular breeze from the outside.

The adaptive filtering of the audio streams also showed a disconnect between the audio and the video, suggesting a postrecording dub.


The metadata beneath the video layers showed the clip was edited using the free version of an app called KineMaster. The Jaish's tech team was careful not to use its premium variant to avoid its prints in the transaction trail.


The 20-year-old jihadi was not a lone-wolf who perpetrate the Pulwama terror attack as Pakistan had sought to portray. India Today TV's stateof-the art investigation established Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) had deployed a team of technology specialists to assist him in making his terror video. It was filmed on a cellphone placed on hard surface, the forensic examination shows. The filming device was handled by others as evident from the camera movement depicted in the video.


India Today's forensic examination also found that Adil Ahmad Dar read his message from a readymade script, which was placed at his eye-level right in the front, above the mobile camera five feet away. Dr Kapil Kakar, a certified behaviour analyst and psychologist, corroborated India Today's findings after studying the terrorist's body language and speech.

When he opens his statement, it seems as if he is reading his opening statement from somewhere, Kakar said. So, there is a camera, and behind the camera, there are people standing on the right and left sides, Kakar added. He is taking an acknowledgment from them. His eye shifts from time to time, the behaviour analyst and psychologist explained.

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