Kashmiri man tied to ‘army’ jeep, video goes viral amidst questions on human rights violation


A video in which a youth was allegedly tied to an army jeep as a human shield against stone pelters has gone viral on social media, leading to an outrage with former chief minister Omar Abdullah termed it as “shocking”.

The video was reportedly shot in Beerwah area of Budgam district where miscreants disrupted election during Sunday’s bypoll to Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency by pelting stones. It is being widely shared on social networks in Kashmir.

“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!” Omar wrote on Twitter.

Omar, who represents Beerwah seat in the state assembly, said while he understands the outrage generated across the country by a video in which CRPF personnel was heckled by protestors, he is outraged that the video of youth tied to jeep is not generating same anger.

“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.”

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“Let’s see channels going ballistic and having discussions with outraged panellists 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.

Army and defence officials were not immediately available for comment.

The video has 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.

The video of an innocent being tied up emerged after another video of few Kashmiri youth manhandling CRPF jawans went viral. Many applauded the jawans for exercising restraint even in the midst of provocations. While others justified the act as a reaction to the death of 8 civilians on the day of bypoll for Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, where just 6.5 percent voting was recorded.

(In our earlier version of PTI copy, we had called the man tied up as a protester. We had wrongly relied on the PTI copy. The man in the video was not a protester. We are sorry for this huge error)

(With PTI inputs)