Srinagar, Nov 6: Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday refused to compensate Farooq Ahmed Dar, a resident of the valley, who was allegedly used as a human shield. Dar was tied to the bonnet of army jeep during Srinagar Lok Sabha by-poll on April 9. The State Human Rights Commission had asked the government to pay Rs 10 Lakh as the compensation.
In its reply to the Commission, the government argued that Dar has not alleged any human right violation. The state government in a four-page reply stated that an FIR was filed against the accused and a compensation to Dar would be tantamount to establishing the guilt of the accused without giving him the opportunity to be heard.
“That pending completion of the investigation in the matter, the recommendation with regard to payment of compensation to the complainant (Dar), shall tantamount to establish the guilt of the accused without affording him an opportunity of being heard,” the reply stated.
Dar was tied to the bonnet of an Army vehicle and taken around 19 villages in Budgam during the Lok Sabha bypoll in April, purportedly as a shield against stone pelters. The army Major Leetul Gogoi had said Dar was instigating a mob to attack the army persons deputed to protect a polling station.
The Army had backed Gogoi, who had tied Dar, and honoured him with the Army chief’s ‘Commendation Card’ for his ‘sustained efforts’ in counter-insurgency operations.
However, Gogoi’s statement was contested by local police officers. They established Dar’s statement that he was on his way to another village for offering condolences. Dar’s statement that he was taken hostage after he cast his ballot was verified by the district election officer too.
(With inputs from agencies)