Probe against Army in human shield case still on: Police

Police Tuesday said that it has not concluded the investigation into the case involving Army for tying up a youth to the front of a vehicle and the probe was still on.

Inspector General of police (IGP), Kashmir range, Muneer Ahmad Khan, told reporters that the investigation will be carried on. “The FIR against the army major has not been quashed,” he said, during his visit and subsequent interaction with the people to North Kashmir’s Sopore town.  While addressing civil society members and senior citizens of the town at Police Station Tarzoo he said “people’s cooperation is imperative for successful policing”.

“Continuous initiatives are being taken to bring all round improvement in the functioning of State Police to serve the people better,’’ he said, while seeking  “people’s cooperation in the fight against social evils in order to save future generation and to work for the betterment of the society”.

The IGP’s comment over the human shield row came a day after Army awarded its Major. Earlier police provided evidence to the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) after it had booked Army of wrongful confinement and putting into danger the life of 26-year-old Farooq Ahmad Dar by tying him to the bonnet of an army jeep and parading him on the roads on 9 April.

A widespread furore was witnessed as the videos of armed force personnel tying up a youth to their vehicle and parading him through different areas and a paramilitary force personnel shooting dead another one in Budgam has sent shockwaves across Kashmir which is being seen as a worst form of human rights violation here. Apart from drawing a widespread condemnation from the human rights and civil society activists, these videos which had gone viral on social networking sites evoking widespread condemnation from the netizens.

 On the social networking sites, netizens compared the incident of a Budgam youth tied to an army vehicle to a one in Palestine where the youth are strapped with the vehicles and paraded to strike awe. National Conference said that it was a new low in the record of the government and Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, has chosen not to issue any condemnation over it. The party demanded a through probe into the incident and booking of the force personnel who were responsible for the twin incidents of shooting dead a boy and parading a youth through the different areas of Budgam on the polling day.

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