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J&K Police File FIR Against Army for Tying Man to Jeep as 'Human Shield'

Indian Army jawans. (Representative image)

Indian Army jawans. (Representative image)

An FIR has been filed in connection with a video that showed a man being tied to an Army Jeep, allegedly as a ‘sheild’ against stone-pelters, during the polling day violence on April 9.

Mufti Islah

Srinagar: Police in Jammu and Kashmir have filed an FIR against a unit of the Indian Army in connection with a video that showed a man being tied to an Army jeep, allegedly as a ‘shield’ against stone-pelters, during the polling day violence on April 9.

PTI has identified the man as one Farooq Dar.

Officials investigating the matter under instructions from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti told PTI that Dar is a resident of Sitaharaan village in Khag tehsil of Budgam district in central Kashmir and the army unit involved is 53 Rashtriya Rifles.

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The video, which triggered a public outcry in the restive Kashmir valley, prompted the civil and army authorities to launch separate investigations.

During the investigation, Dar was claimed to have said he was picked up when he was on way to his sister's house, where a bereavement had occurred, after casting his vote.

He alleged he was picked up by an Army contingent that wanted to enter Beerwah village with the polling staff and tied with ropes to the front of the vehicle, officials said.

The video showed the thickset man sporting a beard strapped to the bonnet while seated on the stepney affixed to the bumper of the jeep. Dar claimed he was moved around 10-12 villages at the head of the convoy, which included vehicles with security personnel and polling staff, before being let off.

Sources in the army claimed Dar was picked up from a "trouble spot" and was tied up for barely 100 metres before being released.

(With PTI inputs)


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