Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Police have written to the Army to identify its men involved in tying a youth to bonnet of their vehicle and using him as “human shield” on April 9 in central Kashmir’s Budgam district.
“During investigation, correspondence has been made with army for identification of involved army party/ vehicles,” reads the report submitted by JK Police to the State Human Rights Commission.
Pertinently, 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.
According to the police report, Farooq was used as a human shield under threat and was kept under wrongful confinement by the Army. “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 during stone pelting,” reads the police report.
“(He) 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. Later on he was released,” the report reads.
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 Jammu and Kashmir 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 SHRC 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.”