SHRC says tying of youth to army jeep ‘gross violation of human rights’

SHRC says tying of youth to army jeep ‘gross violation of human rights’

Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission on Monday sought a report from the Superintendent of Police Budgam on the incident of a youth being tied to the bonnet of an army jeep last week. The SHRC also called the incident “a prima-facie gross violation of human rights.”
Chairperson of the SHRC Justice (Retd) Bilal Nazki sought a report from the SP Budgam by April 27 as to “whether such an incident has happened and if so in what circumstances.”
The direction comes after police filed an FIR (38/2017) under RPC Sections 342, 149 and 506, following outrage over the recorded video of 27-year-old Farooq Ahmad paraded through Budgam areas on April 9 tied to an army jeep. Farooq Ahmad has told Reader that soldiers of the army’s 35 RR unit caught hold of him in Utligam village, beat him up, then forcibly dipped him several times in the icy cold water of a stream before tying him in unconscious state to the bonnet of an army jeep.
Farooq said he was beaten so ruthlessly that blood squirted out of his nose and other body parts. He said he was paraded 25 kilometers through various villages including Utligam, Sonpah, Nagam, Chakpora, Rawalpora, Khospura, Arizal and Harbpanzu.

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