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It is official: Farooq Dar had voted before used as human shield by Indian army

Monday, September 25, 2017

An investigation by J&K police has confirmed that Farooq Ahmad Dar, who was used as human shield by Indian army on the day of bypolls for Srinagar parliamentary segment in April this year, had cast his vote before being tied to the bonnet of the army jeep and paraded through several villages in Budgam district.

Backing Farooq’s claim, the police have revealed that during its investigation, it has come to the fore that he (Farooq) did cast his vote on the day he was used as human shield.

“During investigation, it came to surface that the victim Farooq Ahmad Dar cast his vote at polling booth in his native village, Chill. After casting his vote, he along with Hilal Ahmad Magrey left for condolence meeting to Gampora,” reads the police report, a copy of which Srinagar-based English daily Greater Kashmir claims to be in possession with.

The report was submitted by senior superintendent of police Budgam to J&K’s director general of police SP Vaid, last month.

The police confirmation negates the assertions made by army major Leetul Gogoi who had accused Farooq of “instigating a stone-pelting mob” and claimed that he could have been their ring leader. Gogoi was heading the party of army’s 53 Rashtriya Rifles that used Farooq as a human shield.
The disclosure comes at a time when the J&K government is sitting on the State Human Rights Commission’s recommendation seeking Rs 10 lakh as compensation for Dar. In its verdict, the rights body had said that “such a treatment to human being can’t be accepted by any civilised society and the protection of life and liberty of the people is basic responsibility of the state government.”