Srinagar: Farooq Ahmad Dar, a civilian who was used as human shield by Army unit lead by Major Gogoi on April 9 and paraded in 19 villages of Budgam, expressed dismay over denial of compensation by the state government.
The State Government had turned down State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) recommendation seeking compensation of worth 10 lakh rupees for Dar by claiming, “No allegation of human rights violation has been leveled by the applicant against the state or its any functionary.”
Dar along with his human rights activist Mohammad Ahsan Untoo on Monday staged a protest against the government at the press-enclave here in Srinagar.
“We believe whoever, be it Army, BSF, RR, CRPF or any other unit of government forces made Farooq Ahmad Dar a human shield, it’s the responsibility of the state government to protect a civilian. The state government cannot shift responsibility on Army and Central Government. If it’s the responsibility of Army or Central Government then what is the state government doing here? The Chairman of Unified Command headquarters is the Chief Minister. Why doesn’t she resign,” Untoo said.
Untoo said the SHRC recommended compensation to the tune of Rs 10 lacs after looking at various aspects and getting reports from police.
“The SHRC has not hurt the morale or the dignity of the Army. They had just mentioned after looking into police investigation that a person namely Farooq Ahmad Dar was made a human shield and paraded in 19 villages,” he said. “If the state government does not want to implement the findings of SHRC then they (government) should close it. Why is a government fooling the people?” he said.