Farooq Ahmad Dar, the 26-year-old shawl artisan from Kashmir.(Source: @abdullah_omar/Twitter)
This comes a week after the Army had denied that its Court of Inquiry had given a clean chit to the officer who tied a local youth to a jeep as human shield to avoid attack from stone-pelters
NEW DELHI — Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Monday awarded Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi a commendation card for his ‘sustained efforts’ on counter-insurgency operations, news agency PTI reported. Interestingly, the development comes a week after the Army had denied that its Court of Inquiry had given a clean chit to the officer who tied a local youth in front of a moving jeep purportedly as human shield to avoid attack from stone-pelters last month.
Reflecting on the incident, 26-year-old Farooq Ahmed Dar, the man who was tied to the jeep bonnet, had insisted that he was not a stone-pelter. “I am not a stone-pelter. Never in my life have I thrown stones. I work as an embroiderer of shawls, and I know some carpentry. This is what I do,” he had told The Indian Express.
Dar had alleged he was paraded for nearly four hours from 11 am on April 9. He also said he will not file a complaint. “Gareeb log hain, kya karengey complain (We are poor people, what will we complain). I live alone with my asthmatic mother who is 75-years-old. I am scared. Anything can happen to me. I am not a stone-pelter,” he had said.
Dar also said he was on route to Gampora, 17 km from his home, to attend the fourth-day rituals of a relative who had died, on the day of the Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll.
Reacting to the incident, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had sought a report from police. According to an official release, the Chief Minister called the act as unacceptable and called on police to submit a detailed report so that necessary action could be initiated.