Srinagar, April 17: The Jammu and Kashmir Police has reportedly filed an FIR against Indian Army personnel after a video emerged of personnel tying a man to the front of an Army jeep and allegedly using him as a human shield against stone pelters. According to local news agency KNS, police said that investigation is being conducted by SDPO Magam, and the FIR was lodged against the commanding officer of the Army’s 53 Rashtriya Rifles unit on April 13, says a Hindustan Times report. The man who was used as the ‘human shield’ was identified as Farooq Dar and had claimed that he never participated in stone-pelting incidents.
The video had gone viral last week after former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah had tweeted about it, questioning, “Where is all the outrage of social media now. Is a Kashmiri not an Indian?” Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had also expressed concern over the video and had sought a report from the police. Mehbooba had assured that necessary action would be taken against those who have violated the law.
The Army, too, initiated a probe into the incident. “In reference to the video showing a young man tied to an Army jeep, the contents of the video are being verified and investigated,” a defence spokesman had said.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also commented on the viral video saying that he will look into the issue. Rajnath Singh while addressing the media on Friday said that he had no information on the video as of now, but said, “Whatever has happened, we will look into it.”
The video showed a man tied to an Army jeep, who was purportedly used as a human shield against stone-pelters, in the Beerwah area of Budgam district on April 9. It appeared a couple of days after a video sparked nationwide outrage showing two CRPF jawans being assaulted, abused and kicked by a group of a mob in Budgam.
Rajnath Singh said, “I have ordered Jammu and Kashmir police to file a FIR on the incident (of) CRPF jawans (being heckled) while carrying electronic voting machines”. The video showed some youths assaulting a CRP jawan in the Chadoora area of Budgam district.