Army says, ‘inquiry in human shield incident incomplete’

Srinagar: Indian Army on Monday said that the reports about the army officer getting clean chit for using a civilian as human shield are “speculative”.

Army spokesman Rajesh Kalia told KNS: “The Court of Inquiry (CoI) concerned with the incident wherein a civilian was tied to an army Jeep is still incomplete.”

Earlier, some reports said that the army officer who used the civilian, Farooq Ahmad Dar, as human shield on polling day in Budgam in April was exonerated.

“Reports in some sections of the media of the army major being given a clean chit are speculative,” Kalia added.

The Army had ordered a probe by the Army Court of Inquiry (COI) after police registered an FIR for the incident when an Army Major, Major Nitin Gogol, tied the youth to the bonnet of a jeep as a human shield.

It may be noted that India Today, a major news media group based in Delhi, reported early this morning that the CoI had exonerated the accused army major.

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