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

Published: 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.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Netizen
    May 23, 2017 - 11:38AM

    If what Indian army doing is a human right violation, then what the stone pelters do is also a human right violation.Recommend

  • Bossman
    May 23, 2017 - 11:58AM

    Shame on you Indians!Recommend

    May 23, 2017 - 1:33PM

    Hundreds of MQM workers and Baluch people have been prosecuted without proper trials
    what happened to human rights then?Recommend

  • Gulraiz
    May 23, 2017 - 1:42PM

    Look how these idiots justify using a Kashmiri man as a human shield and at the same time begging and crying in front of ICJ for mercy to a terrorist. Do these people have any shame?Recommend

  • Raj
    May 23, 2017 - 2:07PM

    WHen you behave like an animal and throw stones at Indian soldiers, then do you expect indian soldiers to die? If they kill you will say they killed kashmiris. On no option basis, the soldier intellgently used his brain to tie you so that no one will pelt stones. Good idea. No rubber bullers, no shooting. IN future also, whoever throws stones, have to be tied on the jeep so that, the soldiers are able to travel safely. Animal behaviour requires to be treated like this only by intelligent indian soldiers.Recommend

  • Qami Baloch
    May 23, 2017 - 2:08PM

    Where is the So-Called human activist …
    Pakistan will always support Kashmirs for their right of freedomRecommend

  • Albert Xavier
    May 23, 2017 - 2:10PM

    Should should introspect whether they behaved civilized to be treated civilized.Recommend

  • JKhan
    May 23, 2017 - 3:37PM

    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. Recommend

  • sateesh
    Jun 15, 2017 - 7:53AM

    What we are going to give is what we are going to get .
    Same as happened here
    no regrets Recommend

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