Modi government’s top legal mind doesn’t see anything wrong in civilian being paraded as human shield

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India’s Attorney General has justified the army’s act to use a Kashmiri civilian as a human shield in strife-torn Kashmir.

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Speaking to NDTV, Mukul Rohatgi said that the action had ‘saved polling officials’ from being attacked by stone-pelters.

He said, “Why so much noise about it? Our Army is not a rogue army, its intention is not to kill. The Army is dealing with terrorists, not protesters. They are doing a great job under hostile conditions. Everyone should be proud of the manner in which Indian Army is performing.”

The video of a Kashmiri youth Farooq Ahmed Dar being tied to an army jeep, purportedly to be used as a human shield against stone pelters, in the Beerwah area of Budgam district on 9 April had caused international outrage.

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The video had evoked angry reactions from social media users with many calling the act by the Indian armed forces as a gross violation of human rights in Jammu and Kashmir.

Later the man had come out in the open and told Indian Express that he was picked up the security forces after he cast his vote and made his way to attend a family funeral.

He had said, “I am not a stone-pelter. Never in my life have I thrown stones. I work as an embroiderer of shawls, and I know some carpentry. This is what I do.”

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Dar said that he was paraded 25 kms by army before being released adding that he found himself helpless because of his poverty-stricken life.

 He said, “Gareeb log hain, kya karengey complain (We are poor people, what will we complain). I live alone with my asthmatic mother who is 75-years-old. I am scared. Anything can happen to me. I am not a stone-pelter.” His mother Fazie agreed: “No, we don’t want any inquiry. We are poor people. I don’t want to lose him. He is the only one I have to look after me in my old age.”

His brother Fayaz Ahmad had told DNA that Dar had even cast his vote before he left to attend the condolence meeting of a relative when he was allegedly caught by the army and tied to the bonnet of their jeep to keep stone throwers at bay.

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Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that he would look into the issue of a video showing a man tied to an army jeep, purportedly to be used as a human shield against stone pelters in Kashmir, which has gone viral.

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