SRINAGAR (PTI) — The Indian Army on Friday said it is investigating a video in which a Kashmiri youth was seen tied allegedly to an Army jeep as a human shield against stone-pelting.
“In reference to the video showing a young man tied to an Army jeep, the contents of the video are being verified and investigated,” a defense spokesman said in Srinagar.
The video, which went viral on social media, has led to an outrage with former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, terming it as “shocking”.
The video was reportedly shot in Beerwah area of Budgam district where miscreants disrupted polling during Sunday’s bypoll to Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency by pelting stones.
It is being widely shared on social networks in Kashmir and is drawing condemnation.
“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!” Abdullah tweeted.
“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.
“Let’s see channels going ballistic and having discussions with outraged panelists now. Probably not since ‘Kashmir is ours’ hell with Kashmiris,” the former Chief Minister said.
Abdullah also 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!”