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Human Shield row: FIR against Army Major Gogoi not quashed says IGP Kashmir

 2017-05-23 16:29:37.0

Human Shield row: FIR against Army Major Gogoi not quashed says IGP Kashmir

Tahlka New Bureau


JAMMU: Kashmir police is likely to continue probe into the incident of an army major tying a man to the bonnet of a jeep and using him as a "human shield" against the stone pelters last month during the by-elections in Srinagar, senior Jammu and Kashmir police officer Muneer Khan said on Tuesday.

Khan, inspector general of Police Kashmir Range said in Srinagar that the investigation in the case would continue into the case of using the civilian as a "human shield" by an army officer during Srinagar by-elections. "The investigation will carry on.. the FIR has not been quashed (against the army major)," Khan told reporters in Srinagar on Tuesday.

The remark comes a day after the accused Army Major Leetul Gogoi of 35th Rashtriya Rifels was recommended commendation letter by the Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat.

On April 13, Kashmir police lodged an FIR into the incident at Beerwah Police Station of Central Kashmir' Budgham district after the video of the incident got viral on social media.

The man tied to the bonnet of the Army jeep was 26-year-old Farooq Ahmad Dar, who had spent that morning queuing up outside a polling booth in Arizal's Chill Bars area, defying a separatist boycott call that contributed to the lowest in almost three decades.

Dar, claimed he was being picked up allegedly from his motorcycle by army personnel, and was tied to the front of the vehicle and driven around from village to village for hours on the poll day.

The victim of "Human Shield" Farooq Ahmad Dar told Tahlka News over a phonetic conversation that the Government has decided to award the accused major in haste. "He is facing charges and investigation is still on how come accused who has committed a crime be awarded by the Government. This is injustice not only with us but with system itself. Our son is trauma since this incident, is there any value to human rights under Indian Constitution?" Dar's family asked in dismay.

However, political analyst suggest that such premature conditions would not help Center to consolidate sentiment of Kashmiri people rather it would further gape between the two which can prove fatal for both.

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