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Kashmiri man used as human shield by Indian army had voted prior to capture: report – World


A police inquiry into the usage of a Kashmiri man as a human protect by the Indian military on the day of by-polls in Srinagar has discovered that the person in query had, as he claimed, forged his vote earlier than he was detained, tied to the bonnet of a military jeep, and paraded by a number of villages within the Budgam district, reported on Monday.

On April 9, Farooq Ahmed Dar was made a human protect to ‘deter’ stone-pelting dissidents within the disputed territory. The transfer had drawn sharp criticism from observers, however earned the officer answerable for the choice accolades from the Indian military.

The Indian authorities, too, had defended the motion.

In accordance with, a report on the incident — which was compiled in August — had come to gentle on Monday.

In it, police stated: “Throughout investigation, it got here to floor that the sufferer Farooq Ahmad Dar forged his vote at polling sales space in his native village, Chill. After casting his vote, he, together with Hilal Ahmad Magrey, left for a condolence assembly to Gampora.”

Dar was taken into custody by the Indian military “throughout stone pelting, and was tied to the bonnet of a automobile as human protect below risk”.

“He was stored below wrongful confinement and was paraded/moved round within the space,” the report learn, reported.

In Could, the Indian military had introduced that Indian Military Chief Gen Bipin Rawat had awarded a commendation to Maj Leetul Gogoi, the navy officer whose determination it was to us Dar as a human protect.

On the time, The Hindu had described the transfer as shocking and had stated the military chief’s determination got here regardless that the Courtroom of Inquiry in opposition to the officer had but to conclude its probe the time.

In accordance with, solely 7.1 per cent of registered voters in Srinagar had forged their votes in the course of the election.

In Budgam district, Dar was among the many solely 31,476 individuals who had voted, stated.

Separatist factions in Kashmir had referred to as for a boycott of the vote, leading to heightened safety and low voter turnout when the polling started.

In Budgam district, Indian police had initially used tear fuel in opposition to protesters who had been throwing stones, however then opened hearth, killing six, an official had stated on the time.

Greater than two dozen folks had been injured throughout clashes throughout central held Kashmir, the official had stated on the day of the by-poll.

At the least 70 polling stations had been shut as a result of violence, whereas at some stations voting machines had been set ablaze by protesters.

Indian troopers kill 4 separatists in Kashmir

Indian troopers killed 4 separatists throughout a two-day gun battle close to the de facto border in Kashmir that demarcates India-held Kashmir from Pakistan, officers stated on Monday.

Police claimed civilians tipped them off on Saturday concerning the motion of armed separatists close to the Line of Management (LoC), prompting a search.

Three of the separatists had been killed Sunday at three completely different places, together with at a mosque, a police assertion stated.

Indian military spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia stated Monday that a fourth separatist was killed in the course of the persevering with search operation of the realm.

4 civilians and a soldier had been additionally wounded in the course of the shootouts.

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