J&K police asks army to identify its personnel involved in 'human shield' case

J&K police asks army to identify its personnel involved in 'human shield' case

The Jammu and Kashmir police have asked the Army to identify its personnel involved in tying a civilian to a jeep as a “human shield”, the video of which sparked outrage in the Valley.

“During investigation, correspondence has been made with army for identification of involved army party/ vehicles," reads the report submitted by J&K Police to the State Human Rights Commission.

The police had registered an FIR against unnamed army personnel on April 17 for tying Farooq Ahmad Dar of Chill Bras area in Khansahib segment of Budgam district to a jeep on April 13, the day re-polls were held in 38-polling booths of Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.

According to the police investigation, Dar was used as a human shield under threat and was kept under wrongful confinement by the Army. “Dar was tied to the bonnet of the Army vehicle as human shield under threat. He was kept under wrongful confinement and was paraded/moved within the area. Later on he was released,” the report reads.

The FIR had been 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 (RPC).

The army had also ordered a Court of Inquiry (CoI) on April 20 against the Major who tied Dar in front of his jeep to “safeguard” paramilitary forces and polling staff from stone-pelters. The CoI had been given one month's time to complete the probe.

Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had visited Jammu and Kashmir following the incident and later apprised National Security Advisor Ajit Doval of the security situation in the Valley.  The video had triggered large-scale anger from all quarters including some senior army officers.

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