This Article is From Apr 21, 2017

Army Orders Court Of Inquiry Into 'Human Shield' Incident In Kashmir

Army Orders Court Of Inquiry Into 'Human Shield' Incident In Kashmir

The Army reportedly tied a protester to a jeep in Jammu and Kashmir to prevent stone-pelting from a mob.

New Delhi: The army has ordered a Court of Inquiry into the controversial "human shield" incident in Kashmir in which a man was tied to an army vehicle purportedly as a shield against stone pelters.

Army sources said the CoI has been given one month's time to complete the probe.

In the video, which sources said was filmed on April 9, the young man sits tied with a rope to the front of the jeep as it drove into a village. By-elections were held that day for the Srinagar parliament seat amid a poll boycott call by separatists and mobs attacked polling booths stamping on and burning electronic voting machines or EVMs in many places. Security sources have said that the vehicle had in it poll officials who faced a mob of angry stone-throwers. They said the man tied to the jeep, identified as Farooq Ahmad Dar, was not harmed.  

The CoI will look into the circumstance that prompted an army major to tie the Kashmiri youth to the jeep's bonnet as a "human shield".

The CoI has been given time till May 15 to probe the incident, the sources said.

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 Kashmir Valley.

Gen Rawat also had separate deliberations with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Governor NN Vohra over the law-and-order situation in Kashmir during his visit to the state.