Anantnag: Two new videos of army soldiers beating Kashmiri youth have gone viral on social media in the Valley. The videos appear to have been shot by the army men themselves. One of them has been filmed from inside a Casper army vehicle and the other from a position on the road. Locations where the videos were shot are yet to be ascertained.
The first video is 4 minutes and 6 seconds long. It shows at least two army soldiers using large canes to ruthlessly thrash a youth.
From the conversation heard in the video, one can make out that the soldiers have checked the youth’s phone and are infuriated at finding a video of slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani in it.
“Tera Baap Hai Burhan? (Is Burhan your father?),” the army men ask the youth, shouting expletives and continuously beating the youth with their canes. They are also heard threatening to smash the youth’s skull if he tries to avoid the lathi blows.
The army men are seen getting more infuriated with the youth when they find the Holy Quran in his phone. They are heard using abusive language while asking the youth the purpose for keeping the Holy Quran in his phone.
The youth, wearing a pink shirt, can be seen pleading with the army men to let him go as he is observing a fast. The men in uniform, however, keep beating him for the entire length of the video, also threatening to take him “inside”, apparently referring to their camp.
Another 2-minute 21-second video filmed from inside an army vehicle shows a youth, bearded and wearing a blue shirt, saying “I love my India” as army men (not entirely visible) prompt him to chant louder.
“You should say it with the vigour you throw stones with,” the army men can be heard saying, while slapping, pulling and abusing the boy.
An army man is even heard suggesting that they should shoot the boy and label him as a militant.
“Militant list mein daalna hai iska photo goli maar ke,” an army man can be heard saying. The men are also heard discussing among themselves whether they should upload the video on Facebook.
This video seems to be a recent one, shot during the month of Ramadan, as an army man beating the boy can be heard accusing the youth of getting drunk in the evening after fasting for the day.
For most part of the video, the youth is forced to chant Pakistan Murdabad and Hindustan Zindabad, the army men not even allowing him to catch breath.
Kashmir Reader got in touch with defense spokesperson, Rajesh Kalia, who maintained that the veracity of the videos was being ascertained by the army.
These videos have surfaced after at least three videos, including the infamous “Human Shield” one, did rounds of social media in Kashmir in April this year.
While other videos have went unaccounted for, the Budgam “Human Shield” video was not only accepted by the army but Major Gogoi who used a civilian as human shield was backed by none other than Indian Army chief, General Bipin Rawat.
The fresh videos are being widely shared on Facebook and WhatsApp. Questions are also being asked of the motive of leaking such videos, for they have apparently been shot by army men themselves.