J&K Police File FIR Against Army For Using ‘Human Shield’


Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir police filed an FIR against the Indian Army for tying a man to a jeep as a human shield, the video of which sparked outrage in the Valley after it was shared on last Friday.

Police said it registered the first information report (FIR) in the Beerwa police station in Budgam district, the area where the video was believed to have been shot on April 9 when bypolls were held for Srinagar’s parliamentary seat.

Confirming the same, deputy inspector general of police for central Kashmir, Ghulam Hassan Bhat told the media that the FIR was registered on April 13.

According to a local news agency KNS, police said that investigation is being conducted by SDPO Magam, and the FIR was lodged against the army’s 53 Rashtriya Rifles unit.

The man strapped to the jeep in the video was identified as Farooq Ahmad Dar, a 26-year-old who had spent that morning queuing up outside a polling booth in Arizal’s Chill Bras area, defying a separatist boycott call that contributed to the lowest turnout in almost three decades.

Dar claimed he was pulled from his motorcycle by army personnel, tied to the front of the vehicle and driven around from village to village for hours.

Following the outrage over the video, the army ordered an inquiry.

The development comes at a time of mounting bitterness between civilians in the Valley and security forces; eight people were killed and dozen others injured during clashes on polling day. On Saturday, a youngster was killed in Srinagar’s Batmaloo suburb when he took a bullet to his head while security forces tried to disperse a group of stone-pelters.

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