SRINAGAR: No progress in the investigation of videos showing civilians ruthlessly beaten up by men in uniform has been made in the two weeks since they were uploaded on social networks following the by-poll held in Srinagar parliamentary constituency on April 9.
Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Rajesh Kalia told Kashmir Reader that “investigation process has been going on and guilty will be punished as per law.”
Asked what has been achieved in the two weeks’ time, and when would the inquiry report be made public, Kalia said, “I cannot share any further information. It is not about a time-bound manner. Investigations are on and the findings will be shared with you.”
In one video, four civilians were seen being forced to shout slogans against Pakistan inside a vehicle by a man in uniform. One youngster, seen bleeding from the face, was slapped by the man in uniform before he was asked to alight from the vehicle.
In another video, two persons in army fatigues were seen trampling a civilian under their boots while another person was hitting him with a baton. A third video showed civilians being forced to shout slogans by men in uniform inside a camp.
At the time the videos appeared, the army said that it will have to verify their authenticity. The investigation was supposed to find out where the videos were shot, who were the persons in uniform, and who were the civilians beaten.
The investigation has not been completed in these past two weeks during which the police have shut down 90 percent of the WhatsApp groups that were believed to be spreading rumours.