Secret Revealed – Why this Kashmiri man was tied to an Indian Army jeep

A video of a Kashmiri youth being tied to an army vehicle being paraded through the streets of Kashmir was uploaded on social media recently. The man who was tied to the army jeep has been identified as Farooq Dar. The army unit involved in the act was 53 Rashtriya Rifles. After instructions were given by J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti, officials investigated the matter. The investigative team of officials said Farooq Dar is a resident of Sitaharaan village in Khag Tehsil of Budgam in Central Kashmir.

The video had created an outrage amongst stone-pelters, separatists & terrorists in the valley. An enquiry was ordered by the CM after the video went viral on the internet. The concerned authorities & army were asked to investigate the matter. During investigation Dar said that he had gone out to cast his vote & later visited his sister’s house, where demise had taken place, to offer condolences.

Dar, after voting, was visiting his sister’s village, where he was caught by army personnel who wanted to enter Beerwah village along with the polling staff, the officials said. Dar was tied to the jeep as the army advanced into the village along with a convoy of Jawans & polling staff, they added.

Earlier J&K’s ex-CM Omar Abdullah tweeted

The tweet led to the enquiry. Dar, claimed that he was released only after being paraded in 10-12 villages. The army which has promised an enquiry claimed that dar was picked up from a ‘trouble spot’ before being paraded for barely 100 metres.

The unit involved in the act was 53 Rashtriya Rifles. The Rashtriya Rifles are a counter insurgency force which comes under the authority of Indian ministry of defence.  The 53 RR have been deployed in J&K to fight militancy and maintain peace in the state. The Indian army followed in the footsteps of the Israeli defence forces, which had employed a similar tactic to discourage Palestinian mobs from chucking stones.

Tony Joseph



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