Video Showing Army Using Civilian as ‘Human Shield’ Goes Viral

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SRINAGAR:- A video clip showing a young man tied to the front of an army vehicle passing through villages of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district has taken social media by storm.

 

According to reports, the young man was tied to the front of the jeep to make sure no stones were thrown at the army vehicle while passing through Gundipora village of Beerwah where a re-poll was held on Thursday. 

 

The 16 second video has sparked an outrage with  Netizens, human rights activists and political leaders reacting to the army move with shock.

 

In the video a warnings over loud hailers can also be heard from Army saying stone pelters will meet this fate.

 

The video was apparently shot during re-polling in Budgam on April 13, according to human rights activist Khurram Pervez.

 

Former Chief Minister of the Jammu and Kashmir and MLA Beerwah, took to the micro blogging site twitter to condemn the move.

 

Omar posted the picture and the video of the man and wrote:

 

“This young man was TIED to the front of an army jeep to make sure no stones were thrown at the jeep? This is just so shocking!!!! #Kashmir”.

 

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“I understand the outrage the CRPF video generated. I’m also outraged that the video of the youth on the jeep won’t generate the same anger,” said omar.

“Let’s see channels going ballistic and having discussions with outraged panelists now. Probably not since ‘Kashmir is ours’ hell with Kashmiris,” the former chief minister said.

Omar demanded an inquiry into the incident. “A warning can be heard saying stone pelters will meet this fate. This requires an urgent inquiry and follow up NOW!” he added.

 

A student wrote while sharing the video on his facebook wall: “Dragged as a human shield?! No human rights-no outrage here?” he questioned.

 

Another journalist while expressing shock on the video wrote

 

“Meanwhile in Kashmir, humans are tied to army trucks as human shield…where are Gambhirs and Sehwags and other champions of human rights?

India is a largest democracy with the smallest influence when it comes to Kashmir,” wrote Athar Rather.

 

WATCH VIDEO HERE

 

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“This is not the first time that Indian Army uses civilians as human shields in Kashmir, it has been happening from the past many years during the anti-militant operations and there are many such cases where people have lost their lives but today it came to forefront, alleged Khurram Pervez of Coalition of Civil Societies, Kashmir. 

 

Parvez said, this also happened at ChatiBanday area of North Kashmir’s Bandipore in 2003 where Army used four civilians as human shield in anti-militancy operation and all the four were killed later.

 

Taking a dig at Omar Abdullah, Parvez said, “during his tenure as CM and chief of Unified Command such incidents also took place. 

When Kashmir Observer sought reaction of army about the incident, Defence Ministry spokesman in Srinagar Colonel Rajesh Kalia said, “the content of the video is being verified and investigated.”

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