Video of a Kashmir man being used as a human shield by the Indian Army sparks outrage pic.twitter.com/1v92hgnsfB— IN THE NOW (@IntheNow_tweet) April 17, 2017
Police in Kashmir have filed a criminal complaint against the Indian Army after video emerged showing a man tied to a jeep and allegedly being used as a human shield.
Farooq Ahmad Dar said he was on his way to a funeral before being bound to the jeep and driven to at least nine villages in the region.
Charges of kidnapping and endangerment of the man’s life are being considered against the army by police, NDTV reported. Security sources told NDTV that the incident took place on April 9.
The Indian Army have also begun an internal investigation into the incident, reported NDTV.
Video corroborated by RT to be the incident involving Farooq Ahmad Dar has been decried by the public in the region since emerging online.
The YouTube account containing the earliest known upload of the video to public social media was contacted by RT. The channel contains a number of videos from Kashmir showing recent violent events. Footage of this incident is not believed to have been filmed by the account owner.
Security sources told NDTV that the man was used as a shield when polling officers were confronted by a mob of stone-throwers. “They would have been lynched by 400 people,” the source said, claiming the man was used as a deterrent and was not harmed.
Beerwah lies less than 30km west of Srinagar, were eight people were killed by police on April 9 after police opened fire on protesters they claimed were throwing stones.