Srinagar, April 30: In occupied Kashmir, local police have acknowledged that Indian army is involved in tying a youth to bonnet of an army vehicle and using him as human shield on April 9 in central Kashmir’s Badgam district
The police in a report submitted to the local Human Rights Commission said, Farooq Ahmad Dar “was tied to the bonnet of the Army vehicle as human shield under threat. He was kept under wrongful confinement and was paraded/moved within the area.”
The police wrote to the Indian army to identify its men involved in tying the youth to the bonnet of army vehicle and using him as human shield.
Farooq Ahmad Dar of Chill Budgam was picked up by Army on the day of polling for Srinagar parliamentary constituency on April 9 and was tied to the bonnet of an army vehicle and paraded through several villages in the area.
“During investigation, correspondence has been made with army for identification of involved army party/ vehicles,” reads the police report.
The police report adds, “Farooq Ahmad Dar, son of Abdul Rahim of Chill accompanied by Hilal Ahmad Magray son of Ghulam Muhammad of Chill had gone to Gonipora village for condolence. After spending sometime there they left the hamlet and reached Utiligam crossing where from Army lifted Farooq.”
The incident came to fore after a video in which youth seen tied to an Army vehicle went viral. The incident evoked widespread condemnation from different quarters following which Police registered an FIR under sections 342, 367 and 506 of the RPC against the Army.
In its report, the police also claimed to have recorded statements of seven witnesses. The local human rights commission has described the incident as gross violation of human rights and said the person would have suffered mental, psychological and physical humiliation and must be in a state of shock.