Kashmir man tied to jeep by India troops sparks anger

Kashmir man tied to jeep by India troops sparks anger

The Attorney General hailed the Army for doing a great job under hostile conditions. By-elections were held that day for the Srinagar parliament seat amid a poll boycott call by separatists and mobs attacked polling booths stamping on and burning electronic voting machines or EVMs in many places.

Last week, a video showing a Kashmiri man tied to the front of an Indian army jeep as a human shield to apparently save Indian soldiers from young stone-throwing Kashmiris went viral on social media, and the army ordered an enquiry into the incident. "Why so much noise?"

Eight people died and almost 100 were injured in unprecedented violence during the Srinagar by-polls held in the shadow of threats and a boycott call by separatists. He also said those sitting in "air conditioned rooms" do not have the right to criticise the Army.

Rohatgi also defended the Army's action saying, people should put themselves in the army's position'. There was nothing wrong, considering the circumstances.

Further defending the Army, the attorney general said "peculiar situations require peculiar measures". The bypolls were marred by low voter turnout and violence that left eight youth dead and over 150 others, including 100 security force personnel, injured in clashes across Badgam district.

IoK Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in a message posted on social media said: "In the "human shield" video case FIR No 38/17 U/S 342/149/506&367 RPC has been registered in Police Station Beerwah on 13/4/17".

As controversy rages over the Army's alleged use of a civilian, Farooq Ahmed Dar, as a human shield in Kashmir, the Chief of the Army Staff, Gen. Bipin Rawat, said on Monday that the Army continued to maintain a "strong image and professional reputation".

The video, which triggered a public outcry in the restive Kashmir valley, prompted the civil and Army authorities to launch separate investigations.

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