Video of Kashmiri youth tied to Indian forces army jeep goes viral

Posted April 15, 2017

Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said in a statement on Friday the video was being examined.

The video surfaced two days after a series of amateur videos showing CRPF jawans being heckled, hit and kicked by a mob during the bypoll to the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat went viral on social media, evoking nationwide outrage.

It has been established that the video appearing in social media is authentic and the same has been seized as a piece of evidence against the miscreants.

The video shows the youth tied in front of the jeep moving through a village, and in the background, a warning - "Those who throw stones will meet the same fate" - can be heard. In the report the army source says they would have been lynched by 400 people, and were quick to add that the man tied to the fender of the jeep acted as a shield and was not harmed.

Soldiers allegedly tied the man to a jeep to protect themselves from demonstrators hurling stones as tensions escalated again in the area.

PTI reported that after receiving a complaint from the CRPF, five persons were arrested, and a hunt was on for others seen in the video shot in Budgam district, police said. In these days of social media, even a relatively minor pushback against these stone pelters, who include children, could quickly spiral into an worldwide human rights issue.

Omar Abdullah shared a video in which a jawan is tied in front of an Army jeep.

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However, like Gambhir, some Twitter users defended the army's action and said it helped prevent stone pelting.

The army has said it is probing the video and police registered an FIR after the video sparked condemnation, including from former chief minister Omar Abdullah.

A shocking video has gone viral on the internet showing a local Kashmiri boy tied to the front of a moving army jeep in Kashmir. I understand the outrage the CRPF video [showing Indian armed forces personnel getting kicked] generated.

Another Twitter handle said the army's actions were "dehumanizing a whole population to cultivate total submission".

So how do we expect the Indian Army to carry out their tasks?

He told Indian Express, "I am not a stone-pelter". It comes close on the heels of another video in which a CRPF jawan is seen showing vast restraint while he was being heckled by an angry mob at a polling booth in Chadoora area, also in Budgam district.

Ghulam Mohammad Lone, a resident of Beerwah, told Anadolu Agency: "It is a well-established truth that we have been used as human shields for the last 30 years; it's just that in the past we had no mobile phones to take such videos".