Video of Kashmiri youth tied to Indian forces army jeep goes viral

National Conference chief and former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah

National Conference chief and former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah

Unconfirmed reports claimed that the man, whose identity is unknown at the moment, was used as a "human shield" against stone-pelters attacking soldiers in Budgam district's Beerwah during the bye-elections in Srinagar on Sunday.

The personnel and equipment was rescued and the alleged stone-pelter was later handed over to local police. In the clip, a soldier can be heard saying, "Those who throw stones will meet the same fate". "We are unaware of the authenticity of the videos", Qadri said.

Video clips, which went viral, showed a group of youths heckling and even pushing the troopers as they wound their way.

Some, however, did suspect that it was not a case of "human shielding". However, this is the first time that videographic evidence has emerged suggesting that the Indian army too has adopted a similar method of dealing with militant threats or hostile crowds.

Narrating the ordeal, the 26-year-old Farooq Dar, said that he was caught by the army and paraded through different areas and thrashed before being released in the evening.

The video shows a man tied with an army rakhsak vehicle enroute to unidentified location while another casper vehicle of army also plies behind.

Separatists had called for a boycott of the Srinagar-Budgam by-poll, which saw 7 per cent polling on April 9, and a mere 2 per cent in the re-poll ordered in 38 stations on Thursday, despite massive security presence. Curfew-like curbs were also imposed on the movement of people across several parts of the Himalayan region to ensure the Indian by-polls were conducted successfully. She expressed concern and anguish over the surfacing of the videos. It was just a demo by the Indian Army to warn stone pelters. "I'm also outraged that the video of the youth on the jeep won't generate the same anger". "Is a Kashmiri not an Indian?" he said.

Former Indian cricket captain Gautam Gambhir tweeted: "For every slap on my army's Jawan [personnel] lay down at least a 100 jihadi lives". Suddenly hearing probably a gun shot, the man recording the video starts running and informs someone, while panting, that youngster has been detained and tied to the army vehicle. In the report the army source says they would have been lynched by 400 people, and were quick to add that the man tied to the fender of the jeep acted as a shield and was not harmed.

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