'Was I an animal', asks Kashmiri man who was tied to jeep by Indian forces

Recently, Major Leetul Gogoi also won commendation from Indian Army Chief

News Desk May 23, 2017

Farooq Dar, the Kashmiri man who was tied to a jeep by an Indian Army Major has put a question to the Indian authorities about using him as a human shield.

“I want to ask only one thing; was I an animal that I was tied and exhibited?” he asked.

“Kya mein koi bhains ya bail tha,Dar asked while talking to Hindustan Times (HT).

When a video showing Dar being used as a human shield by Major Leetul Gogoi surfaced online in April this year, it caused much rage. It showed him tied in front of an army vehicle in what seems to be an apparent attempt to shield the Indian army from protesters. In the background, an army soldier can be heard saying, “Those who throw stones will meet the same fate.”

Major Gogoi has recently won a commendation from the Indian Army Chief. The army claimed that the award was given for his "sustained efforts" in fighting the insurgency, and had no links with the "jeep incident".

Dar asked, “Which law in the country makes use of human shield legal?”

“If it was legal under any Indian law, what can I possibly say,” he said. “I cannot pick up a stick and go and fight with those honouring the officer,” the Kashmiri man told HT.

India uses excessive repression in occupied Kashmir, reports Amnesty

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) said that the honour has not “come as a shock to Kashmiris”.

“This is how the army has been conducting itself in Kashmir for so long,” he stressed. It is a “clear message as to how Indian authorities are rewarding human rights violators in the valley and all the inquiries are a farce. It also shows how they view Kashmiri sentiment which was so hurt by the incident.”

More than the physical trauma, Dar said, it was his mental health which seems to have taken a hit by the incident.

“My ankles and muscles still ache. What is worse, however, is that I am unable to leave my village. Even if I step out of the home, I take someone along,” he explained.


sateesh | 5 years ago | Reply What we are going to give is what we are going to get . Same as happened here no regrets
JKhan | 5 years ago | Reply This is a glimpse of the 'brave' Bharati Army. A disgraceful display of a Major from a minial background and people with similar brought up rewarded this despicable person not the man.
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