‘Human shield’ Farooq Dar moves SHRC against rewarding Major Gogoi

Srinagar: Farooq Ahmed Dar, who was used a human shield by an army major has moved to State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) against Indian Army Chief’s medal to him.

Speaking to the FreePressKashmir, Dar confirmed that he moved a complaint before SHRC chairperson against the Indian army’s move to reward their soldier.

On April 09, when Srinagar Lok Sabha seat went for by-polls, a Major rank officer of Indian army posted with 53 RR tied Dar to the bonnet of his jeep and paraded him through at least twelve villages of Budgam.

Dar, a resident of Chill Brath area in Khansahib constituency, had cast his vote early in the day which witnessed massive clashes across Valley resulting in death of eight civilians.

Dar, in his letter to the SHRC has mentioned that three news channels Republic TV, Times Now and India Today should refrain from calling him a stone pelter.

The Major was identified as Nitin Leetul Gogoi who was recommended by Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat for his “extra-ordinary efforts in counter-insurgency including this act”.

Gen Rawat recommended Major Gogoi for a Commendation Card by the Indian Army.

The decision of Gen Rawat was supported by government of India while some of the political parties condemned the Indian Army’s decision.

Defending his action, Major Gogoi told the media, “I have not fired a bullet, not beaten up anyone… there was no collateral damage. From my point of view, I have not violated anything… We are here to help the people. The army is here for common people, against those with weapons and those who fight against nation.”

However, human rights watchdog, Amnesty International, termed the Indian army’s step as ‘disdain for human rights’.

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