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Human Shield remark: Indian army chief showing criminal leadership, says HRW

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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The Indian army chief has showcased ‘criminal leadership’ by backing the use of Kashmiri civilian as a human shield, US based Human Rights Watch has said

Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat had on Sunday backed use of Farooq Ahmad Dar as a human shield by army in central Kashmir’s Budgam district by calling it “innovative”.

“Indian army chief shows criminal leadership, backing as "innovative" troops' use of Kashmir man as a human shield,” Human Rights Watch Executive Director Keneth Roth tweeted on Monday.

On Sunday the Indian army chief had termed the infamous  act of strapping a Kashmiri to an army Jeep as innovative and said that commending the Army officer was to boost the morale of his army which is fighting a “dirty war” in Kashmir.

Bipin Rawat even went on saying that: “I wish these people, instead of throwing stones at us, were firing weapons at us. Then I would have been happy. Then I could do what I (want to do). 

On April 9, when bypolls for Srinagar parliamentary seat were held, an army officer Major Leetul Gogoi tired a Kashmiri shawl weaver Farooq Ahmad Dar to a front of an army Jeep as a human shield and paraded him through at least dozen villages in Beerwah area of Budgam district, triggering massive outrage across the Valley.