J&K Govt To Pay Compensation To The Man Used As 'Human Shield' By Indian Army

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| July 10 , 2017 , 18:08 IST

The Jammu and Kashmir Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has told the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the man who was tied to an army jeep’s front as a human shield against stone pelters by the security forces.

Chairman of SHRC, Retired Justice Bilal Nazki, in a judgment announced on Monday, directed the state government to provide the compensation money to Farooq Ahmad Dar, who was used as a human shield by an Army Major, in Beerwah area of central Kashmir during the Lok Sabha by-poll for Srinagar-Badgam seat on April 9.

Nazki directed the state government to compensate Dar, for endangering the victim's life and his dignity. The SHRC, however, has not made any directions to the army since sources say J&K SHRC has no jurisdiction over the army.

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Dar, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, was tied to an army jeep by Major Leetul Gogoi while trying to escape a mob of stone pelters that attacked them on their way to an election polling booth. Major Leetul Gogoi, who decided to tie the civilian to the jeep, was later applauded by the general for this action.

The news broke into the media when the video of the incident went viral online. It sparked a huge outcry in the country with people debating human rights and the army’s decision. The people defending the major’s decision argue that his decision in that fraught time showed presence of mind as helped avoid civilian and army casualties.

Sachin Kumar