FIR against Army for allegedly using man as human shield

RSTV Bureau

Kashmir_protest2Two days after a video showing a man being tied to an army jeep as a shield against stone-pelters during the April 9 bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency surfaced, the police have registered a case against an unnamed army personnel.

In the incident, which saw widespread outrage, a civilian was allegedly used as a human shield against stone-pelters during polling in Beerwah area of the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency.

The FIR was registered at Beerwah police station on Sunday.

A police officer said the FIR was registered under sections 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 367 (kidnapping or abducting in order to subject person to grievous hurt) of the Ranbir Penal Code.

The investigation of the case has been handed over to an officer of the Deputy Superintendent rank, the officer added.

In the video that surfaced on April 14, Farooq Ahmad Dar from Khansahib in Budgam district is seen strapped to the front of a moving army jeep.

A soldier can be heard saying, “This will be the fate of people who throw stones.”

Eight people died and nearly 100 were injured in unprecedented violence during the Srinagar by-polls where the voter turnout was at a record low.

(With inputs from PTI)