human shield, Kashmir, indian army,SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission on Thursday said the case involving tying of youth to the bonnet of army vehicle was still pending and has only been heard partly. “The matter is not yet concluded as the next date for the further hearing has been fixed for April 04,” SHRC said in a statement.

The youth Farooq Ahmad Dar was tied to the bonnet of an army jeep on April 9, the day by-poll to Srinagar-parliamentary constituency was held.

The SHRC had already cognizance of the incident and termed using humans as shields gross human rights violation. It also recommended Rs 10 lakhs as compensation favour of Dar but the government refused it.

Police have registered a case (FIR 38/2017 under RPC sections of 342, 149 and 506). As per police, Farooq along with one another person had gone to a nearby to offer condolence and after spending some time left the village. On reaching near Utligam crossing, Farooq was lifted by the army during stone pelting and was tied to the bonnet of the vehicle as “human shield under threat and kept him under wrongful confinement and has been paraded/moved around within the area and was later released.”

“A correspondence has been made with the army for identification of involved army party vehicle. The investigation of the case is in progress,” the police said. Untoo, who states to have filed the complaint, questioned the police response. “The army unit is already known and police ought to have arrested the guilty. It (the report) is nothing but a time delaying tactic,” police had said.

Soon after the incident, Farooq said that he was paraded several kilometers through various villages including Utligam, Sonpah, Nagam, Chakpora, Rawalpora, Khospura, Arizal and Harbpanzu.

Meanwhile, a delegation of JRL led by Muhammad Yasin Malik visited state Human rights commission office in Srinagar and met with the chairman of commission justice Bilal Nazki and other members of commission. Delegation diverted the attention of SHRC towards the ongoing revengeful assault against Kashmiri inmates especially those lodged at central jail Srinagar and expressed serious concern on shifting of many including lifers, under-trials, political prisoners and detainees to various Jammu jails.

JRL delegation said that so-called rulers and police by shifting these inmates and committing atrocities on them are doing illegal and unethical job and emphasized at the need of providing justice to these inmates. Commission listened to the plea of JRL delegation humbly and asked to submit a written complaint. The written complaint will be submitted at the office of SHRC tomorrow on 02nd March 2018, JRL statement said.

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